I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge. This year I decided to complete my slice of life challenge through the use of quickwrites. By doing this, I hope to explore my own writing, identify problems my students may be experiencing with these quick bursts of writing, and show them authentic revisions in the writing process.
This quickwrite comes from Linda Rief's book and the poem, "Where I'm From" by George Ella Lyon. I thought I would start the challenge by telling you a little bit about me. This is always a great quickwrite for students.
I'm from a dad who I disappointed
From the day I was born
And a mom who is one of the strongest women I know
I'm from Friday night trips to the library
And sharing bowls of popcorn
And butter-stained pages with my mom
She reading her book, and I reading mine
I'm from fried chicken Saturdays
And warm donut Sundays
Family vacations with my siblings all dressed alike
In Buster Brown stipes of green, yellow, red, and blue
No chance of us getting lost
I'm from a shared bedroom but separate sides
Divided by an imaginary line
She stays on hers, and I stay on mine
I'm from slipping on Pledge waxed floors
She calls it cleaning, and I call it sabotage
I'm from eight jelly donuts and innocent pranks
With the best friends ever
From paper routes and babysitting
And from behind the McDonald's counter
"Would you like fries with that?"
Saving money to buy clothes
And a way out of this small town
I'm from falling in love
and moving back home
Something I thought I would never do
Something I would never change
Welcome to a month of slicing. I look forward to sharing my space with all of you.