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!