Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 20 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

You've made it to the last third of the #SOL17 challenge. Happy Monday. Happy slicing. If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS As you are enjoying the comments left on your posts, please try to visit the blogs and comment on the posts of slicers… Continue reading Day 20 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 19 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Today is our 19th day of the SOLSC. We are glad you're here. If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS Please see Melanie's post from yesterday  about this weekend's commenting challenge and an amazing prize. If you comment on 60 posts you'll be eligible to… Continue reading Day 19 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 18 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Welcome to day 18 of the SOLSC. We are glad you are here! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. ANNOUNCEMENTS Please see Melanie's post today about this weekend's commenting challenge. If you comment on 60 posts you'll be eligible to win a chance to attend… Continue reading Day 18 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 17 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

You've made it to day 17! Have you noticed that daily writing is beginning to get easier?  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. BE INSPIRED Terje Akke has been slicing with this community for some time. She shared this slice about the weather back in January.… Continue reading Day 17 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 16 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Today is our 16th day together. You're officially in the second half of the challenge. Welcome! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge. BE INSPIRED Catherine Flynn shared this found poem in January. Using words found in the news, she created a poem. This might be a fun… Continue reading Day 16 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Slice of Life Story Challenge

Day 15 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

Welcome to day 15. You've made it to the halfway point of the challenge! If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, please head over to the Classroom Challenge.  ANNOUNCEMENTS Are you a last minute, write by the seat of your pants slicer?  Or do you plan ahead? Introducing two new badges! Feel free to… Continue reading Day 15 of the March SOLSC #SOL17

classroom environment · motivation · narrative · personal narrative · writing workshop

Shaking Up Personal Narrative

Ever since I read this post by Katie Kraushaar, I've been thinking about personal narrative and wondering why it is that students, particularly in middle elementary grades and beyond, are sometimes less than enthusiastic about this genre. Like Katie, I have felt the mood change in a classroom the moment the teacher mentions the words "personal narrative."… Continue reading Shaking Up Personal Narrative

Authentic Purposes for Writing Blog Series

ICYMI: Authentic Purposes for Writing

Thank you for joining us for our blog series Authentic Purposes for Writing. Melanie said it well with the introductory words in her post, "We all agree that our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide audiences in our quickly changing world." Everyone benefits when we provide children with authentic, purposeful… Continue reading ICYMI: Authentic Purposes for Writing

audience · Authentic Purposes for Writing Blog Series · writing workshop

Writing for Audience: Authentic Purposes for Writing

Sometimes we write to clarify our thinking or record a moment so it won’t be lost in our memories. Other times we write to entertain, inform, or instruct. Recently, many of us have found writing to be an avenue for us to express opinions, voice our beliefs and persuade others to join us in our… Continue reading Writing for Audience: Authentic Purposes for Writing

Slice of Life Story Challenge · writing workshop

Join the 10th Annual March SOLSC Welcome Wagon Team!

5   My father used to say, "February is the longest month." But really, we know it isn't. Thankfully we can look forward to the Tenth Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge!  March will be here before we know it. And we would love your help with  our Welcome Wagon. What, you ask, is… Continue reading Join the 10th Annual March SOLSC Welcome Wagon Team!

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A Perfect Time For Pattern Books

Yesterday, first graders celebrated Halfway day at my school. It it hard to believe we are halfway through the school year. And yet, when I am in writing workshop classrooms, I see much evidence of growth. Our kindergarteners are studying and creating books with pattern and repetition. Halfway through the school year is the perfect… Continue reading A Perfect Time For Pattern Books