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Two Writing Teachers
The metaphor Michelle used was that life was a pizza. You have good and bad experiences (mushrooms are good for me, maybe yucky for you!) and they all combine for your pizza of life. You can't write about the whole pizza for a narrative - you just need to write about one slice!
Fast forward to 2016. I'm in a new school with a fresh batch of elementary students in many intervention groups. All of them have writing books, and I have a variety of writing tools. When I hand them their writing books (simply a pile of copy paper sandwiched between two pieces of cardstock), I guide each group of students in making their pizza of life.
"What do you like on your pizza?" I ask.
"Sausage! Pepperoni! Cheese, lots of cheese!" they exclaim.
"Do you ever put mushrooms your pizza?" I ask.
"I don't like mushrooms. Ewwww," is the usual response.
(Maybe someday, someone will like mushrooms like me!)
The purpose of this discussion is to have my students write words or draw pictures of people, places and things that are important to them and their life. This pizza becomes a source of inspiration to them when they need ideas about what to write about. When students get stuck, I guide them to their pizza.
What will go on your pizza? What slice will you serve up each day of writing?
(Yes, you're right, food can be found on my pizza!)
Happy writing and happy slicing!