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Day 25 of the March SOLSC! #SOL23

It’s the 25th day of the 16th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! It’s also our last weekend Commenting Challenge. This weekend, I’m adding a new twist to the challenge: In addition to increasing the number of slicers whose blogs you visit, try also to give feedback that reaches beyond the content of each slice to the specific craft moves that helped create your experience as a reader. Let’s give our “noticing” muscles a workout this weekend!

Write. Share. Give.


The Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge is almost here. Beginning tomorrow, March 26th, Classroom SOLSC posts go live on Sunday mornings though the end of April. The posts are meant to provide tips, inspiration and encouragement for educators who are coaching students in the challenge. See the overview post for more information and sign up here before April 2, 2023!


Today I bring you inspiration, not for your slice, but for your comments. Consider one of these moves inspired by your fellow slicers and then come back tomorrow for a few more:

  • Point out the word, phrase, or section that speaks to you like Amanda does here: You got the unicorn in! You’ve really captured the unsettling feeling when lessons don’t go wrong, just awry. My favourite moment is when you belatedly acknowledge that the principal is watching. Your focus was the kids & the lesson. Great capture of an imperfect moment. (Check out Amanda’s posts at
  • Point out specific craft moves you notice in the writer’s slice like Sally does here: I love the pacing of your piece. It matches so well to the feeling of the piece. I reread to notice just how you created the feeling through short phrases and precise words. The image of the blur of traffic lights is perfect! I also felt like I was in a sci-fi novel! Thanks for sharing! (Check out Sally’s posts at Read and Write with Sally.)


Need to contact a co-author with a question? Please email us rather than leaving your question in your comment (below). Thank you, in advance, for your patience with us. We receive a high volume of emails during the first few days of the challenge. We will respond to all emails as soon as possible.

Contact one of these co-authors if you have questions about the individual challenge.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – C, please email questions to Morgan Davis at medavis8[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters D – G, please email questions to Amy Ellerman at ellermanamy[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters H – K, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard at betsymhubbard[at] 
  • If your last name begins with the letters L – N, please email questions to Jenna Komarin at Jennakomarin[at] 
  • If your last name begins with the letters O – R, please email questions to Beth Moore at beth[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters S – V, please email questions to Stacey Shubitz at stacey[at] 
  • If your last name begins with the letters W – Z, please email questions to Sarah Valter at sarahvalterreads[at]

Questions about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge should be directed to one of these co-authors:

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – Q, please email questions to Leah Koch at Leah.koch7[at]
  • If your last name begins with the letters R – Z, please email questions to Melanie Meehan at meehanmelanie[at]


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184 thoughts on “Day 25 of the March SOLSC! #SOL23

  1. Day 25- A Cold and Rainy, but Perfect Day

    One of our traditions is spending a weekend away, hiking at Starved Rock. The peacefulness is good for my soul and I think my kids feel the same way. They are almost 13 and 15 and still ask to come. This year, I didn’t plan it and my daughter asked me to. When I asked my son if he still wanted to go with us he said yes. I was kind of shocked. I know this tradition will end soon, but not this year!

    There is no sunshine today, just rain and lots of puddles. It is not feeling like spring, but cold like winter. We are hoping things will improve a bit this afternoon so we can get out, but if not we have a new plan

    We have tons of movies to watch. There is no cable and I will enjoy the relaxing time with my 2 favorite people.

    We have left over pizza, hot dogs, popcorn and lots of snacks. I already planned on not grilling like we usually do.

    We have uno flip, old maid, sorry and monopoly to play. I absolutely hate monopoly, but am so thankful these older kids are still happy with board games.

    While today’s weather is not what I hoped for. Today is exactly what I hoped for. 💙💖

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