It’s good luck to find a penny on the sidewalk. Even though a penny can’t buy you much, it’s probably worth picking it up, just for the amazing luck it will bring. (If you live in Canada, finding a penny is even luckier, seeing as the penny’s been taken out of circulation.)

This week’s COW Writing Challenge is all about luck– good luck and bad luck. If you did find a lucky penny and picked it up, how would the rest of your day look? What truly incredible things could happen all because of the luck brought on by your penny?

Before taking on this writing challenge, you may want to have your students think about lucky things that have happened to them in the past. Then, brainstorm a list of potentially lucky things that could happen in their lives today from the simple to the outrageous.

Another possible aspect of this writing challenge to consider is the look of the penny. Is there something unique that makes it stand out from all of the other pennies?  Does the penny actually change in appearance over time?

There’s another side to this writing challenge– Rather than good luck, maybe your lucky penny brings bad luck. Have your students write this challenge a second time, only this time, the penny brings bad luck. What attempts do they make to try to get rid of the “unlucky” penny? Does it keep coming back into their lives? Is the bad luck passed on to someone or something else?

Life is full of simple acts with big consequences. No simple act can have more significance than bending down to pick up a penny off the sidewalk. Once the penny’s in a writer’s pocket, their imagination can lead them on amazing adventures full of good and bad luck. Good luck with this writing challenge!