This week’s COW Writing Challenge is a variation on one of more popular writing challenges.
In October, hundreds of students wrote the “Five Word Writing Challenge.” This writing challenge is even better. It’s called the “Six Word Writing Challenge.”
The bonus word list the students will use is only six words long. These words are: throw, castle, slide, glove, glass, and question. (If they use up all of the bonus words on this list, they’ll be fed more bonus words from the COW Bonus Word List.)
An important aspect of this writing challenge is the sharing of stories after the writing session. When the students share their stories either orally or on the class bookshelf, the other students in the class can see the various ways these same five words have been used. The individuality of each writer’s creative direction is brought to light.
Tell your students to have fun making these six words a part of an amazing story!
Here is the visual prompt for this week’s COW Writing Challenge, along with the written prompt: “I took a shortcut through the woods on my way home, and there I saw . . .”
Great writers surprise their readers. With some writers, you expect the unexpected. Assumptions are never a safe bet!
For this visual prompt, challenge your students to come up with wildly original ideas for what this red thing is in the woods. Before the writing session, do some brainstorming and generate as many possibilities for this red thing as the class can muster. Once they have a long list of possibilities, students can either take an idea from the list, or spin out their own original idea.
April 14th, 2016 is Look Up in the Sky Day. We thought everyone should join in the celebration!
This week’s COW Writing Challenge is all about imagining what incredible things could emerge out of the clouds and appear in the sky. The possibilities are, of course, endless.
1. Could it be something extraterrestrial?
2. Could it be something that doesn’t normally get airborne?
3. Could it be something dangerous? Something good? A dream come true?
4. Maybe, as you look up in the sky, you see a whole series of things, one after the other?
The sky’s the limit for possibilities with this writing challenge!
This week’s COW Writing Challenge features this visual prompt, plus the written prompt, “As soon as I sat down on the bench, I knew I’d made a mistake. The statue . . .”
You may want to leave the identity of the statue in this visual prompt up to the students’ imaginations. However, you could also let them know that this statue is of Glenn Gould, the famous pianist.
Before the writing challenge, you may want to give your students some background on Glenn Gould. Explore his amazing talent, as well as his widely publicized eccentricities. You may even wish to play one of his most famous recordings, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” while the students write. Challenge your students to incorporate as many facts about Glenn Gould as they can into their story.
By learning about Glenn Gould and combining facts with a good dose of creativity, your students can make this statue come alive in more ways than one!