Musings from a K-5th Reading Specialist. I encourage my students to think, speak, read, and write, with my support.
I parent two amazing young adult daughters with my husband of 28 years.

March 2, 2018

Sharing my writing with students #SOL18

Do you want to write a Sliiiiice?
(Sung to the tune of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?")
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Today I decided to bring my intermediate intervention students (grades 3-5) into the world of Slice of Life.  No, I'm not ready to host a group of student slicers... yet, but boy was I pleasantly surprised at how my day went!

First I explained that I had participated in the Slice of Life writing challenge for the past 6 years.  I received the following questions:

"Why?" asked Ruby (3rd grade)
"Do you win a prize?" asked Erick (4th grade)
"What is a slice of life?" asked Isabel (5th grade)
"Can we try?" asked a few students!

I read my 2012 slice about chocolate chips to each group.  (My students are well aware that I'm a chocoholic.) Then we talked about why I would write about chocolate (see previous statement.) 

Next I had them draw a pizza with eight slices.  Ivan (5th grade) noticed that my pizza looked more like an orange slice.  (Hmmmm.  Maybe I should have done that instead!).  We all brainstormed what people, places, FOOD, gadgets and animals they could write on their pizza.

Finally each student chose a "slice" of pizza a wrote for a few minutes.  I didn't have a chance to capture all the topics, but they ranged from friends, phones, teachers to candy, Takis and tamales.

I'm glad I felt brave enough to read one of my slices.  I'm super pleased that each student filled a pizza with lots of ideas, and EVERY student tried writing a slice.

5 comments:

  1. I think it is so powerful to show students our writing. Bravo for taking that step and having the conversation! Their questions helped lead to the highlights of why you write! I can share with you a "Slice of Life" notebook I created and have used with students in the past ... just a couple lines to engage them in writing every day!

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  2. Great way to get the kiddos involved. Pizza, orange, does it really matter? The key is that they get excited about writing down their thoughts.

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  3. What a great way to hook their interest! It will be interesting to see if they write more.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this. I know your organizer was for the kids, but I am stealing it. I have prepared a total of zero for the SOL Challenge this year. Maybe organizing and categorizing my possibilities will help me feel a little better about my situation.

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  5. The pizza idea is so cute, and I hope this launches something bigger for you and your students! Every time I share my writing life with my students, there's something in the air in my classroom that just changes instantly. Writer to writers, heart to hearts. The best part of teaching!

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