Teachers for Teachers | Slice of Life: Our Life in Seven Six-Word Stories! #SOL18
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Slice of Life: Our Life in Seven Six-Word Stories! #SOL18

This March I have been inspired by slicers sharing six-word stories.  It is a structure that reveals a lot in few words.  So, for Tammy’s birthday, I thought I would try to tell our life in a six-word story. Then I realized twenty-four years is a long time.


So I looked to another structure — Jennifer Allen’s My Life in Seven Stories.  In her book, Becoming a Literacy Leader, Jen shares this professional learning activity. Teachers make a list of seven titles that touch on past experiences in their lives. Then, they use these titles to write small moment stories. I decided to combine the two structures. Could the past twenty-four years be told in seven six-word stories?

How could you leave out flour?


Pizza from box – takes a village!


No deer with chippy and chappy.


The ultimate yard sale, house included.


I’m the guest … I’m the guest.


Forgot to pull down – please help.


Fire us and buy some books!

We live life to the fullest each and every day.  Thank you for twenty-four years of learning, adventures, traditions, friendship, crazy ideas, and plain old fun!  I couldn’t imagine a better job or life.  Happy Birthday!


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    Kate Narita
    Posted at 09:57h, 15 March Reply

    Happy Birthday, Tammy!

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 10:22h, 15 March Reply

    I’m sure there are a lot of laughs living between and behind those words. Happy birthday to Tammy.

    I say it a lot, and I’ll say it again–you two are so lucky to have found each other and built what you have together, and… I LOVE that you recognize and appreciate it.

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    Michelle Haseltine
    Posted at 10:29h, 15 March Reply

    Happy Birthday to Tammy! Love this combination of post forms. Beautiful tribute to your friendship!

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    Shawn Carstensen Hays
    Posted at 10:33h, 15 March Reply

    Thank you for this idea. I am going to try it! I can only imagine what happened without the flour,. I wonder who are chippy and chappy,

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    Rose Cappelli
    Posted at 10:58h, 15 March Reply

    Happy birthday to Tammy! I love how you combined the two structures. Each one made me think and wonder. The last one was my favorite. I can just hear you and Tammy saying that, or at least thinking it!

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    Peg Bruno
    Posted at 11:33h, 15 March Reply

    I love this idea and the way to look at the day in stories. What a wonderful way to hold on to seeds for writing.

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    Kendra Limback
    Posted at 12:19h, 15 March Reply

    Happy Birthday Tammy! I love this structure and have tucked it away for later. I’ve had so many kids in my house over spring break, I bet I could come up with some great 6 word phrases. I may play with this today.

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    Amanda Potts
    Posted at 12:27h, 15 March Reply

    Loved these. I love how six-word stories can be so evocative. The first one about the flour made me smile because I could imagine the story. Others made me almost wistful. Great tribute to a friend.

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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 13:02h, 15 March Reply

    Happy Birthday, Tammy!
    Clare, your six-word stories made me wonder.
    There must be more to tell!
    Loved the format.

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 13:25h, 15 March Reply

    Love, love, LOVE your stories and want to hear more about them when we see you. A great tribute to a friend and business partner who is more like a sister to you. Your friendship runs deep. Happy birthday, Tammy!

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    Diane Esolen Dougherty
    Posted at 13:51h, 15 March Reply

    Happy birthday, Tammy! Love these 6-word snapshots. Make me wonder and fill in the blanks. A great friendship celebrated. What more needs to be said? Have fun.

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 20:33h, 15 March Reply

    First Happy birthday Tammy. You’re the best and I’m glad I know you.

    2. This is awesome structure. I want the play with this. I’m going back to the book right now.

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    Karen Terlecky
    Posted at 00:01h, 16 March Reply

    Twenty-four hours is a long time, but it’s an incredible gift as well. Happy birthday to Tammy! I love, love, love this format! I will definitely be stealing it.
    I enjoy the inferring I’m doing – in fact, I’m inferring that the 5th and 7th ones might both be work-related. 🙂

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