We are participating in a modified way in the Two Writing Teachers' Classroom Challenge. Since my students don't have individual blogs, they are writing a slice every day in their writer's notebooks. Several times a week I will select a few to post here, on our classroom blog, to link up with other classroom slicers. We are writing memoirs this month, so many students are writing about memories. I gave them a choice, though, so some slices are about other topics. We'd love for you to comment on any or all the slices I scanned and posted. I hope you can read them okay. I'm slicing, too, right along with my students, on my own blog: http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/
In yesterday's mini-lesson, I showed the kids several leads that draw readers in: dialogue, action, description, thoughts/feelings, etc. I asked them to try out their memoirs several different ways and pick their favorite one. I counted the starters as their slices that day.
Today I gave a mini-lesson on how to write dialogue. There are SO many nuances to writing dialogue, but they got the gist. We'll fine-tune it as we go along. I love the "before the dialogue mini-lesson" in Sam's writing, and the "after." I love seeing the difference!
And now we're starting our rough drafts!