I love participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers and writing a story, reflection, or musing at least once a week.
After my students completed the March SOLSC Classroom Challenge, I asked them to reflect on a few questions. I was finally able to go through and compile them. I loved reading the thoughtful responses and thought I'd share a few.
What did you like best about your Slice of Life writing?
- I liked that the slices helped me look at the good and bad parts of my days. (Alex)
- I liked looking back on my day. That is something that I usually did not do. (Ali)
- I liked thinking up topics to write about, and I liked looking back at memories. I did a good job of writing the slices quickly, but still putting thought into them. (William)
-I liked how each of my slices kind of told a story, and I think people could relate to them. I think I did well on choosing topics to write about. (Jenna)
- I liked how I was able to express myself as if I was writing in a diary. I thought I was good at showing significance in the things I wrote about. (Sierra)
- I liked how out of all my homework every night, I looked forward to writing the slices. (Jules)
- I liked paying attention to more things in life. (Blake)
- I liked writing them because it gave me a chance to gather up all my thoughts. (Sammie)
- The writing calmed me down. It was a stress reliever for me. (Quinn)
- I think when I wrote thoughts came easily. (Amrith)
- I liked that you got to know us better. (Calynn)
What did you learn about yourself as a writer?
- I learned that I can write. I say this because writing was one of those things that I thought I was never good at. (Ali)
- I learned that I was a much better writer than I thought I was. (William)
- I learned that I can write lots in 10 short minutes (Alex)
- I learned that when I write I kind of have to reach deep down and get some feeling and emotion when I write. (Jenna)
-I learned that I an have a more meaningful life than what I thought I could have. (Sierra)
- I learned that I never really thought that I really liked to write. I found out that writing slices every day has made me love writing! (Jules)
- If I think hard enough and pay attention to my surroundings, I can write easily. (Blake)
- I learned that it's okay to express myself on paper. (Sammie)
- Writing is hard. (Quinn)
- I learned that you don't have to think hard to get great ideas. (Amrith)
How did writing slices help you in writing your memoir?
- Most of my slices were real memories, so it helped me stir up old and new memories. (Alex)
- It helped me find a topic and a lead. (Ali)
- I remembered to go into good detail in my writing. (William)
- Writing slices helped me with my memoir because I kind of got an idea about how the memoir was supposed to be written. (Jenna)
- I got to practice figurative language. (Sierra)
- Writing slices about memories helped me remember things I forgot. (Jules)
- Writing slices enabled me to pay attention to the small but important details in life. (Blake)
- Writing slices helped me start good leads and include figurative language. (Sammie)
- The slices helped me get into my story. (Quinn)
- Writing slices taught me how to use every day things and events for ideas. (Amrith)
Now that I've been through a Slice of Life March Challenge myself and have taken my classes on the ride with me, I have things I'd do differently with them next year. However, I think the kids got a lot out of the experience, and it taught them a lot about writing.