Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Slice of Life 1

Depending On When You Met Me

For our first SOL, the 6B Slicers would like to introduce ourselves to the community using the biography of Soulpancake contributing author, Devon Gundy, as inspiration.

Depending On When You Met Me by Devon Gundry

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a checker’s champion, the kid who squirted Super Glue in his eye, a competitive Ping-Pong player, Tweedle Dum, a high school valedictorian, a fake blond, 1/12 of an all-male a capella group, a graduate of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, a nomad, a street musician, or a pigeon assassin.

Depending on when you met me, I might have been: a surprised and undeserving spelling champion, the gangly kid who chipped her elbow tripping over a rock, a mildly competitive volleyball player, the Little Dutch Girl, a bubbly high school ASBer, an awkward brace face, 1/3 of a passionate mixed-gender congressional intern team, a sleeping graduate of USD, a sweaty movie theatre concession stand worker, an idealistic gender-equity peer educator, or a pregnant Grade 6 Humanities teacher.


Take the Challenge!

“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that words make.” ~Truman Capote

Exciting Times Ahead! This March, Grade 6 will be participating in the Two Writing Teachers “Classroom Slice of Life Challenge”.

What does this mean?

It means you will be writing EVERY DAY in March. Yep, even on the weekends!
It means you will be commenting on other student blogs around the world EVERY DAY.

What is a “slice of life”?

A slice of life is a description of the ordinary details of real life.

What should I write about?

Anything and everything! Think of the challenge as an opportunity to journal the exciting as well as the mundane aspects of your life.

  • Write a snapshot, drabble (exactly 100 words), dribble (exactly 50 words) or a tiny story of an observation you made on the way to or from school (a stray dog, monkeys raiding your mango tree, the bread motorbike).
  • Sit quietly in a place for 10 minutes. Notice everything around you – what do you see that you have never noticed before? Write a poem or description of your new observation.
  • Listen to the conversations that go on around you. Take a snippet of the conversation and turn it into a drabble (100 words).
  • Write your opinion about something that is happening in the news.
  • Write a photo essay. Using photos you have taken, post them on your blog and write creative captions underneath each photo that reveal the story behind the lens.
  • Write about a pet peeve.
  • Write about an act of kindness you noted that day.
  • Quote wise words you overheard and explain their wisdom.
  • Write about an embarrassing moment.
  • Write about a proud moment.
  • Write an Ode to an ordinary object. Use Pablo Neruda’s poetry for inspiration. Read Ode to My Socks to jumpstart your thinking.
  • Write about something you wish you could ‘do over’.
  • Write about something that is troubling you.
  • Personifying the sun, describe a sunset or sunrise.
  • Personify a storm, describing its actions.
  • Speak to a quote that you find meaningful. Explain what it means and why you find it meaningful.
  • Critique a book or movie.
  • And so on, and so forth…