Guest Post: Student’s Winter Microfiction

Santa Encountered

By: Liam

‘Twas the night before Christmas and Liam had some thoughts about the so called Christmas, “Is Santa Claus real” he thought to himself late into the night, little did Liam know that later that night the answer would be revealed. It all started when Liam was a little kid, he was curious if any of it was real, Santa, the Elves, the Reindeers, and the Sleigh, “ Is it real” he thought to himself a late Christmas night. It was at that moment that he decided to stay up late into the night to really see. At nearly 1:00 A.M in the morning he heard noises in in the living ro0m, he walked down the stairs, into the living room, and what he saw he almost couldn’t comprehend.


The Christmas Miracle

by:  Gabby

         I watched as the snow blanketed the ground, comforting it with a white layer. I dreamed of riding my sleigh down rolling hills of snow, smiling as the sunlight warmed my cold face, but for me this will never be reality. I have a rare skin disease that forbids me to spend time in sunlight. Today was Christmas Eve and all I had asked for was the ability to go outside in the day-time. I had doubts, but as I walked into my living room I saw the gift I had always asked for.

      I glanced at the present, surprised and teary eyed wondering if this would work or if I was dreaming. I blinked a few times my eyelashes fluttering, now I knew I wasn’t dreaming. I walked outside for the first time with my new gift holding a sleigh. This really was a Christmas Miracle.

Guest Post: Student’s Winter Microfiction

Disaster With The Famous Santa Claus

by:  Mailie

Crash! Thump! Santa was rolling down the chimney at full speed. There was no turning back now. Beneath him was a blazing fire. Santa knew he had to do something fast. But he was too late. He fell straight into the fire. There was stunned silence. Santa sat in the fire without feeling anything. No burn. Nothing. He quickly sat up realizing it was night time. Santa yanked his huge sack of toys from the fire and magically wrapped the toys and put them under the Christmas tree. While doing that he knocked over a glass jar. The sound was so loud it woke up the whole house. Santa hid up on the top of the Christmas tree. The family awoke and came down the stairs. They looked up and saw Santa staring right at them.

Guest Bloggers: Student’s Winter Microfiction


 The Historical Ornament!

By:  Annabelle 

                     When she was 4, Frankie remembered bringing home ornaments from kindergarten and hanging them on the tree. They were made out of a wooden star glued together from wooden sticks. All week she watched it hang from the tree in front of the window glistening with glitter.

As Frankie got older, she would still sit and watch the star sway on the tree. She had the finest tree she could think of and it was the same every year. The lights go first then the beads , never tinsel or plastic. The gleaming gold bell and then the glass star.

When Frankie was thirty-three her mother passed away, but she keep the tradition going and never changed the tree. She would hold her breath whenever she would go and grab the decorations out of the wardrobe. She has been living in her mom’s house until she decided it was time to move out , and she and her husband grabbed all the boxes and headed off.

Frankie set up her tree on the 4th of December and began decorating. She had to put up her wooden star. Her husband laughed at the star but then Frankie told him why it was so important and they both sat by the fire and made her mom’s famous hot cocoa. ¨Merry Christmas!¨ exclaimed Frankie to her husband.

Magic Mints

By Cade

 When Jack woke up, he sprinted for the Christmas tree, excited to see what his present from Santa was. When he opened his present, he found a package of Tic Tacs. Confused, he asked his mom if she knew anyone who had gotten MINTS for Christmas. She answered no honestly, and he decided that Santa wasn’t real. Who gives kids mints for Christmas? But, he didn’t know what was inside them.

    He popped one in his mouth, and went to his room to play Fortnite. But, he started to feel weird and had a hard time concentrating. He closed his eyes for a minute, and when he opened them he felt peculiar. Like he was holding the world up with his hand. Controlling it, telling it what to do.

    Suddenly, the lights went out in his room, and without having to even think, he blinked and the bulbs turned back on. Jack realized he left the Tic Tacs on the counter, so he went back to get them.

Guest Post: Student Bloggers





       Once upon a time there lived a snowman named Freddy. Freddy is a pretty cool guy if you ask me, anyway Freddy went for a walk with his snow dog, Bob. A group of kids walked up to him and said,“Hi.” So Freddy replied and the kids continued walking with Freddy and Bob. Eventually Freddy and the kids saw a basketball court and they challenged Freddy to a basketball game, ”Hey Freddy do you want to play a basketball game with us?” And he said yes. So the kids and Freddy played a basketball game. They had a fun time and when it was over they went back to Freddy’s igloo and watched the PSBA (Professional Snowman Basketball Association),and it just so happened to be it was the PSBA Championship was a good game and the kids loved it. Before the kids left they asked if they could meet up at the court the next day.

Bob (Freddy’s snow dog)




Paper Blogging Practice

Favorite Holiday Food

Paper Blog Post: Favorite Holiday Food

Paper Blogging: Commenting Practice

Students are eagerly practicing blogging by creating paper blogs about a favorite holiday food.  We spent two days discussing and writing about food.   We voted on a list of commenting guidelines suggested by students then used the new expectations to add sticky note comments to our blog posts.  The results are yummy!  Our students are almost ready for guest posting on The Art of Language.  Stay tuned for more…now to find snacks, all the delicious descriptions left us hungry!

Paper blogging is an idea we discovered on Karen McMillan’s blog, Learning to Blog Using Paper (Notes From McTeach ) .  Her examples and ideas informed our first foray into blogging on paper to build confidence.  ReadWriteTeach also has a terrific lesson plan for beginning bloggers at Teaching With Blogs


What surrounds you?

Setting off on a new adventure sharpens your senses.  Your awareness of what surrounds you becomes acute as you deliberately leap into the unknown.  Blogging, which feels like sitting in a wobbly chair right now, pushes me out of comfort, into exploration.  One thing I know: the words will come.

My Aunt Grace’s journal from 80 years ago.

Writing creates relationships, and some of the relationships are unexpected.  Connections to new ideas, new people, and new perspectives is a gift.  Join me in my wobbly chair to build strong new connections through words.