Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday!


“If you wait for inspiration to write, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.”

–Dan Poynter


“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.”

–Robert Cormier

Hey Middle School!  Welcome to Slice of Life Tuesday!  The folks at Two Writing Teachers host a weekly slice opportunity similar to the March Slice of Life Challenge. 
Write, slice, share! 
Today would be a good day to take a photo of your Black Out Poem, type it up, and then share it at Two Writing Teachers.  Read that carefully, I'm inviting you to share it THERE.  You can share it HERE...up to you...totally optional, but if you share it THERE, it WILL get you some good feedback from some good writers!
Go for it!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Call for Slices - Day 31!!!

Day 31!  
You made it!  
I am so proud of all of you!
Here it is...your last call for Slices...
for now...
Stay tuned to a blog near you!
(3:15 deadline today...I've gotta 
get prizes figured out!)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Day 30! Slice of Life 2014 Call for Slices

Heeeeeeeey Middle School!

One day left!  

You can do it!  

Finish strong!

The highest number of slices 
we've had yet is 9,
not counting the first day
when we had 24.

Let's try to beat that record!
Call or text someone who hasn't been
blogging and talk them 
into adding their slice 
to the collection today.
Can't wait to see what you have!
(7pm Sunday deadline please!)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Day 29...almost there! Saturday Call for Slices!

Hey there slicers!  Here's some inspiration I borrowed from the grown up Slice of Life Story Challenge.  It involves baby raccoons!  (Now you have to go look, don't you...you can't resist that!)

Try your own animal conversation story today!  We talk for our animals all the time out here on the prairie!  What would your animals, or some wild animals, have to say if they could talk?

Can't wait to listen in!

Serve them up! 

Let's say a 6 pm deadline today...I have to go car shopping tonight.  Ick!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Call for Slices Friday, March 28...and a preview for after Break!

Greetings to all my slicing students!

Here is your call for today...

You'll notice: each line - six words!

We'll be trying these - After Break...

Might as well try it now!

Follow the link for more examples! 

Can't wait to see today's slices!


Thursday, March 27, Call for Slices! Slice of Life 2014

Hey there Middle School Slicers! 

Here's your Thursday Call for Slices...time to serve them up!

You have a 9pm deadline today...
I'm going to My Ol' Man's art show opening
 and won't be back until later.   He's a a really good painter 
and I can't wait to see how his latest work does!

He loves to paint barns!  Isn't he good? 

Here's a bit of inspiration for you from A.A. Milne, 
the author of the Winnie the Pooh books:

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. 
You have to go to them sometimes."
- A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Don't stay in your corner of the forest today...
Get out there and go!
Talk to a friend and remind them to slice!
Can't wait to see what you've got!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March 26 Call for Slices AND some inspiration! Slice of Life 2014

Hey there Slicers!  

I swiped some inspiration for you from yesterday's 
Classroom Slice of Life Challenge Call for Slices.  
Read on and ask yourself...are you summarizing or storytelling?  
Try turning your small moments...
your slices of your day...
into stories!  
I can't wait to see what you put together!
Keep up the good work!

"It’s Day 25 Classroom Slicers!
In the book Crafting True Stories by Lucy Calkins and Marjorie Martinelli, part of the Units of Study for Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, small moment stories are the topic. What better place to look for inspiration for Slice of Life stories than a book about writing small moments?
One important strategy for a small moment writer is to write in scenes, not summaries. It is so easy to slip into summarizing when recounting a story: First I did this. Then I did that. Then this happened. 
But the most powerful stories put the reader right in the action, telling what happened bit by bit: “Watch out!” Sarah yelled. I looked behind me, and there, barreling toward me at full speed, was my brother. And he looked MAD.
Today as you write your Slice, think – am I summarizing? Or am I storytelling?"