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.