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Day 3 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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I’m glad you’re here for the third day of the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Or, perhaps you aren’t taking the month-long challenge but have arrived for our weekly Tuesday challenge. Either way, you’re in the right place.

Day 2 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Anyone who starts the SOLSC today, tomorrow, or on Wednesday, 3/4 will still be eligible for one of the incredible prizes we’re offering. All you have to do is “write, share, and give” today and every day for the rest of the month. If you have a friend who’s on the fence about committing to the Challenge, please encourage him/her to jump in because it’s not too late!

Day 1 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Welcome to the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! This is where you share a link to your individual (not classroom) slice of life story. Then, remember to give at least three other slicers some comment love during the day today.

Do you need a copy editor?

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I don’t have a professional proofreader at my disposal (though I wish I did!). I know spell check isn’t a fool-proof method for getting my writing ready to go out into the world. But now I have Grammarly, a proofreading web application that finds and explains in-depth grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes online.

FAQs for First-Time Slice of Life Story Challenge Participants

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Are you planning to participate in the SOLSC for the first time? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions from new participants.

It’s Tuesday! Write. Share. Give.

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I hope you’re gearing-up for a month of writing and sharing since there are five days and a wake-up until the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge begins.

Slicer Participant Information Form

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Please fill out this form (It takes less than 5 minutes!) if you’ll be joining us for our month-long writing challenge, which begins on March 1st.

Black History Month & Beyond – My #NF10for10 + 10 Book Giveaways

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Today is the annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10, hosted by Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning, and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge.… Continue reading

SOL Tuesday & Slicer Swag

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Do you have a need for some Slicer swag?  Stop by and visit our new Cafepress store.  You can purchase some Slicer swag and do a good deed since all of our profits… Continue reading

Behind the Scenes at the White House: A Q&A with Nonfiction Author Katherine L. House

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Just in time for Presidents’ Day, I chatted with nonfiction author Katherine L. House about her recent book, White House for Kids. Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of her book.

SOL Tuesday

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Before you share the link to your slice of life story today, I hope you’ll take a moment to consider doing something to give back to first-time Slicers this March.

All About the Paper.

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Sometimes making a small change can produce big results.

Join Our Writing Community!

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Calling all educators! Whether you’re thinking about joining our writing community or coming back for your eighth March writing challenge, please take a few minutes to read this post. (NOTE: There’s a change to the way we’re doing prizes this year.)

SOL Tuesday + a Note About Comments

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We would like TWT to stay true to its mission as a place where educators who are passionate about writing can gather inspiration and share ideas. We value your participation and encourage you to comment on all our posts, and especially to comment on each other’s Slice of Life Stories. Please refer to these guidelines when commenting.

Aim Higher: Know Students as Writers

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Four ways to help you discover what makes your students tick as writers.

10 Math & Science Topic Choice Mentors + 10 Book Giveaways

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Do you have students who are interested in math and science, but claim they hate writing or don’t know what to write about in their writer’s notebooks? Here are 10 newer picture books to inspire them to write about their passion.

Curating Mentor Text Collections

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Get started organizing your mentor texts with four digital tools.

Stacey’s One Little Word for 2015

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Sometimes I’m tempted to say, “I can’t…” or “I haven’t…” This year, I’m going to add one little word to those statements to keep myself on-track with a very important long-term goal I have.

Winter Recess

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The six of us will be celebrating holidays, recharging our batteries, and coming up with more posts to share with this incredible community of teachers and writers for the next two weeks. In the meantime, we have lots to keep you going over winter break.

Grammar Matters + a Book Giveaway

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Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty’s new book, Grammar Matters, is for teachers of Kindergarten through 6th grade. It provides lessons as well as grammar references so you can enhance your instruction and get your students excited about learning grammar.