Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WRAD13: Reading Aloud Builds Community

"Read-aloud is the common thread that ties together all of the listeners in the classroom. It gives them books in common, authors in common, stories in common, and characters in common. Read-aloud is when we think together, laugh together, and sometimes cry together.

Read-aloud is a movie theater where everyone in the audience hears the same soundtrack, even though the screen and the pictures are inside each head."

 ~ Mary Lee Hahn, Stenhouse Publishers on World Read Aloud Day 2012

(read Mary's blog post in its entirity here.

Today at The Write Routine we continue our FOOD FIGHT by building community and allowing others to "grow" our stories and fling as much food as they can through comments.

I am thrilled to say that we have 12 amazing blog participants who have cleverly started the story for you.  Now its your turn!

FOOD FIGHT Rules of Engagement:
1)  March 4th til March 8th (midnight EST) ~ Comment on as many of the Food Fight stories as possible. Your comment needs to grow the story.

Read the posted story and all of the comments that precede you. Then, post your comment. Be sure to build on and further the existing story. Your comment should flow. The story should read as if it was written by one person when read from beginning to end.

ALSO, your comment needs to include at least one word of onomatopoeia and one thrown item of food. Your onomatopoeia must be a word that has not been used already in that story, as well. That's right. Be creative.

We are creating community here. Anyone can participate. Comment on as many stories throughout the week as possible.

You can comment more than once on a story, however, you cannot fight with yourself...meaning, you cannot follow one of your own comments...someone else needs to comment before you can comment again. Have fun.

2) Over the weekend (March 9th and 10th) blog owners need to wrap up their story with one last comment. Make sure the ending is satisfying. It should feel like the story is defnitely concluded. Flex those creative writing chops.

3) There will be 2 prizes. One prize will go to the "Most Food Flung", meaning the person who commented/participated the most. Another prize will be given to the owner of the blog with "Best Story Overall" to be decided on by our judges You MUST be a Follower of this Blog to be eligible for prizes.

* A special note to Blog Participants, please keep the comments portion of your blogs clear of any comments that do not add to the story.  Its nice when people comment with praise or encouragement, but for the sake of the "flow", please delete these comments.

FOOD FIGHT Participant Stories:


  1. Hi Marcie, I'm a participant with Food Fight at Camp Runamuck. I have a wordpress.com blog, and somehow the comments are going out of order and the story flow is becoming unclear. I really want to be in the running for Mira's prize; however, I've been unable to figure out how to fix the problem. Perhaps someone reading this comment might be able to offer help?

    1. I am unsure why this happens on Wordpress. You can post on FB and see if anyone has a solution.

  2. Am I the only one who feels like I need a shower after reading these stories?!

  3. the comments on my blog aren't showing up right away, either. I'm also Wordpress. Maybe we can get a chance to re-order them & then post our final sentences???

    1. It might be a setting you have on "comments" within your Wordpress. I don't know because I am not familiar with that site. However, yes, you will be given time over the weekend to wrap up your story and do any cleaning up before judging.