"I already know what I'm going to write today," K said with a smile as she ate lunch in the cafeteria.
K has been excited about this day for weeks. She recruited several friends from her class to write with us during this year's Slice of Life Challenge.
"Already?" I tease. "I'm not a bit surprised." I pause. Wait. "What will you write about?"
"Owls," she beams. Her smile widens, "And I already know what my starting sentence is going to be."
"I know what I'm writing about today too, but I have no idea what my starting sentence will be yet. Hmmmm. I'm going to have to think about that," I add.
She shares her opening line, and we banter for a bit. I realize that I'm going to have to step up my game for my students. They already have lists for their writing. They're planning their posts during the day before they even sit down to write....and it appears they are planning their leads too.
Today is the first day of the Slice of Life Challenge. I've enlisted students from our school who are brave enough to try writing for 31 days. Our group will meet each Tuesday after school. During this time we will check in with one another, cheer each other onto the next post, and learn along the way. New students have joined our first through fifth grade club, and old students have returned. One student shared how her participation last year led her to writing for a magazine regularly.
We have 31 days of writing ahead of us; thirty one days of collecting stories in our spaces. I wonder what we'll discover along the way.