November 24, 2015

What is a Slice of Life? | Two Writing Teachers

From the Two Writing Teachers:

"In February 2008, Stacey was reading one of her student's writer's notebooks and came across a piece of writing about her sister's lost necklace. Christian wrote an entire entry about the outrage he felt when his mother made the family drop everything to search for his sisters's lost necklace in their apartment. Thirty minutes after they lifted up couch cushions and checked under all of the beds, her necklace turned up on her neck! There was something about his entry, this little snippet of Christian's life. It seems like a slice of life story. Stacy googled "slice of life" and found that it's a term frequently used in literature and entertainment. It essentially means to describe everyday experiences with as much realism as possible. Stacey realised that was exactly the kind of entry Christian had written."

From that experience, Stacey Shubitz started using "slice of life" stories to inspire her students. Then she challenged her students to write one slice of life story in their notebooks every day for the month of March! Later she shared the challenge on Two Writing Teachers and it has been growing since 2008. Adults, classroom teachers and students, from around the world, participate in a weekly challenge as well! They are writing their stories and encouraging each other!

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