This is my first time to participate in SOLSC. In my teaching this year (I am an ESL teacher, grades 3-6) one of my goals is to develop and teach lessons introducing elements of writer’s craft using mentor texts. We started the year enthusiastically creating name poems. Recently we have been been flattened by the testing steamroller, practicing prompt writing, following the model designed to get points on the test. So the result I hope for in taking on this challenge will be a renewed enthusiasm for reading and writing with my students. I see glimpses of what my students might really write with a more creative approach, of writing I could do myself as I write along with them. So I take the callenge to write every day this month and to find some writng joy worth sharing.