Family Stories: A New “Mini Unit”

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Our sixth grade writing workshop year follows a predictable and well planned path: personal narrative, followed by memoir, then feature articles and argument. Until my students suggest something new …

Day 23 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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ANNOUNCEMENTS You have until noon EDT today 3/23 to leave a comment for a chance to win the wonderful prize donated by The Highlights Foundation.  Click here to leave a comment on the… Continue reading

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 23 of 31

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A good comparison or metaphor can take you far!

Day 22 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Day 22 of the March SOLSC! Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the fabulous prize from the Highlights Foundation!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 22 of 31

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It’s Day Twenty-two of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge. Welcome back! If your students are struggling to find inspiration, you might teach them a few new strategies.

Day 21 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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It’s Day 21 of the March SOLSC. Don’t forget to read about the Commenting Challenge this weekend!

Another Commenting Challenge with a BIG Prize

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Are you ready for our second Commenting Challenge? Check out this prize from the Highlights Foundation!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 21 of 31

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Starting to get stuck for ideas? Try this strategy shared by Aparna Rugapathi on her blog, Serendipity.

Day 20 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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You are practically in the final stretch! Doesn’t it feel great? Keep it going, don’t stop now!

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 20 of 31

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Have you ever spent a day waiting for something: good news, new shoes, a soccer game, or a visit from a special relative? Can you remember the way all that “waiting” was harder and harder to do as the day went along?

A Quick Guide Workshop Lingo, Part II

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Have you ever wondered what some of the writing workshop lingo means? Here’s another look at some commonly used workshop jargon.

Day 19 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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“Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen, listen.” -Jacqueline Woodsen Listen to your story today and listen to the stories of others. This is day 19 of the SOLSC, you got this.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 19 of 31

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Do you have a favorite place? One that you can close your eyes and imagine perfectly? Well, that would be a wonderful thing to write about…

Day 18 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Day 18! Write and share yourself today. Be sure to comment on at least three other slicers today and listen to their stories.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 18 of 31

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A Slice of Life is a wonderful place to practice writing in a humorous way. Here for example is Andrew, who is writing about going for a drive with his sister, who has just collected her first official driver’s license…

New Slicer Challenge Winners

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Congratulations!

Day 17 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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Slice and leave at least three comments on three other bloggers today! Try choosing someone you haven’t commented on yet to get to know a new writer.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 17 of 31

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Wow! You are just a bit more than halfway through the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, and this calls for a celebration…

Day 16 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

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You are at the halfway mark. Keep going. Keep inspiring others to write. Keep reading and writing. It is changing your life for the better.

Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 16 of 31

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Poetry is a wonderful way to help you think of ideas to slice about. We read many poems in our sixth grade classroom, and each of them seem to invite all of us to remember many stories…