And one more pattern writing to round out my first week of the March Challenge. This pattern is old YET my most favorite of all, inspired by Ana’s slice at Life . . . One Thought at a Time. You can read the original here.
I had planned to write a “Fortunately/Unfortunately” post that was on my list for the month to finish off my week of patterns. Started but fizzled. Went to yesterday’s slices to see what topics were repeated, intriguing, etc. where I found Ana’s slice. An ABC format was often a teaching technique that I used at the end of content units. I was ready to list out my ABC’s and get started. I wrote my draft in my “running” March slicer document so format was an issue. Word automatically capitalized every letter of the alphabet as I listed them down. It was a major decision – Do I use a hyphen and repeat the letter? Do I write it more like an acrostic and go ahead and use the letter as a part of the word? I tried three letters each way before I made my decision – hyphens; yes! And then I began randomly writing phrases and words. Frantic typing to record ideas. And then I ran out. L, O, P, Q, V, X, and Z were left. Stuck – how do I get unstuck? I created the colorful alphabet border for the top and bottom. Still “working” but not “writing” . . . back to brainstorming. Listing random words for those final letters. Back to Ana’s post, fearful that I had “stolen” her words that may have lingered in my brain. Double checking my spelling of my X words – real or made up? Copy, paste, tag, and preview. Lost my color and format did not hold. #!$@ (“rats“) Used my “snipping tool” to make a picture of the ABC part (OS-“screenshot”). Inserted picture. Finis. (ARGHHH – 2+ hours)
What would your “ABC’s of Me” look like?
Did you discover the secret to my letters and their descriptions? (What was the plan not shared in my process? Hint: H and K are the exceptions.)
Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. It’s the March Slice of Life Challenge so be ready to read DAILY posts!