Tracy, over at Leading from the Heart, is the guest host for this week’s Day in a Sentence. She asks us to consider something important — and the balance we need to strive for in our life — and reflect upon that with our sentence this week.
You are invited to join us.
What you do is mull over your week or a day in your week, and then boil down your thoughts into a single reflective sentence. Over at Tracy’s blog, you submit your sentence with the comment box and she will collect them all and then publish them over the weekend.
Here is a video of Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate, addressing the National Writing Project in November. He started about by telling us that the sight of so many teachers of writing in one place “is enough to throw the fear of God into any seventh grader.”
This is an example of an ongoing story project called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, in which a new author (John Scieszka started the whole thing and it has been picked by such writers as Susan Cooper, Kate DiCamillo, and Gregory Maguire) is writing a new chapter to a strange story every two weeks for an entire year.
We’ve been using the evolving story for writing inspiration — my students continue each chapter forward as informal writing prompts — and this week, following a chapter that features a baby on roller skates, Albert Einstein and a talking pig (among other things), we used a Voicethread to podcast some of the stories that follow the end of Episode Five. This was a voluntary endeavor, so they got to choose whether or not to share what they had written.