The Guinness Book of World Records is one of the most popular books in school libraries.  There are a variety of reasons for its wide appeal among young readers.  One of them is the dream of someday setting a world record of their own and ending up in the pages of the one of the world’s best-selling books.

This week’s COW Writing Challenge will have the students imagining themselves setting a new world record.  Would it be breaking an existing record, or would they set a new record that has never previously been set?

Before completing this writing challenge, hold a brainstorming session in which students generate a long list of possible world records.  Have them leaf through the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records  to give themselves ideas.  Can they come up with a world record attempt that is not found in the Guinness Book of World Records?

Have fun with this writing challenge, and we hope your students set a new record for the number of words written!