I’ve known Joy Write, Ralph Fletcher’s latest book that debuts today, was coming for awhile since he interviewed me about the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge, which he writes about in one of the book’s chapters. But when I had the opportunity to read his new book in its entirety, I was amazed by the possibilities I saw Ralph present to transform young writers’ attitudes towards writing through low-stakes writing.
I’m humbled and amazed by the enthusiasm of the writers who take on this challenge each year. Please watch the video, which includes words of thanks for everyone who makes the Slice of Life Story Challenge a community of connected writers.
Even when we know what’s best, sometimes the most helpful thing we can do for a child is to let them figure out a problem on their own.
Today is the final day to sign-up for our month-long writing challenge. Details about starting late are contained at the top of this post.
For everyone else who is back today, please link up by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post.
All slicers: Please watch the two-minute video for some important announcements before you link-up today.
The weekend is here! If you have been on the fence about joining this year’s SOLSC, then please jump in TODAY. (And if you have been blogging for the past few days, then c’mon in today to write, give, & share.)
Hooray! We’re on the third day of our month-long writing challenge. Please watch the two-minute video for some important announcements before you link-up today.
Today is the second day of our month-long writing challenge. Please make sure to review today’s announcements before you leave a comment with the link to your slice of life story.
Welcome to the 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! This is where you share a link to your individual (not classroom) slice of life story. Please remember to give at least three other Slicers some comment love during the day today.
Write, share, and give today for SOL Tuesday.
Need help writing strategies that are explicit and kid-friendly? Check out this excerpt from DIY Literacy.
The TWT co-author team has posted a lot to help you get ready for both the individual and classroom challenges over the past two months. However, it’s possible you may have missed one of our posts. Or, perhaps, you have a friend or colleague who is on the fence about joining us. Whatever the case, here’s a round-up of our posts that will point you in the right direction so you’re ready to join the SOLSC this Wednesday!
Our weekly call for slice of life stories + some information about our upcoming March writing challenge.
Have questions about the upcoming SOLSC? Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. If your question wasn’t answered in the post, then please leave a comment on this blog post OR contact us via e-mail.
Attention first-year and returning Slicers: Please fill out this year’s participant information form. Filling out the form takes less than five minutes and helps with timely prize distribution in April.
Gear-up for our month-long writing challenge by participating in the Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge today. All you have to do is write your story, share the link to it on this blog post, and then give at least three other writers some comment love.
These ten picture books will not only teach students about important topics in science, but they’ll also help kids become better writers.
There’s a new middle school and coaching voice on our team!
Please write your Slice of Life Story, share your link, and give at least three comments to other Slicers.
Thoughts about making time for letter writing in the classroom.
Every three months, the TWT co-author team comes together to share our thinking about one aspect of writing. It seems appropriate that we’re sharing our thoughts about authentic purposes for writing this week. Writing is a source of power. Our students will benefit from having strong voices, clear messages, and wide audiences in our quickly changing world.