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Me in Twenty Years This Week's COW Writing Challenge

In this week’s COW Writing Challenge, we are asking students to look ahead into their future.  What will your life be like in twenty years?

One way of approaching this is to have a question-answer format in which the student of today is asking questions of themselves in twenty years.

For example:

Me Today:  Do you have a car?

Me in Twenty years:  Yes.  I have a solar-powered self-flying car.

Me Today:  Where do you live?

Me in Twenty years:  I live on a space station on Mars.  I’ve lived there for three years, but in six months, I get beamed back down to Earth for a holiday.

Me Today:  What job do you do?

Me in Twenty Years:  I am an Alien Ambassador, making sure Earthlings and alien life forms get along with each other.

Before you do this writing challenge with your students, have a brainstorming session in which students come up with a list of questions they’d like to ask themselves in the future.  What details of their lives would they like to know?

This is a good opportunity to explore the different kinds of questions they can ask– Close Ended questions (answered with a ‘Yes,’ ‘No,’ or one word answer.) versus Open Ended questions (in which the person gives more of a lengthy, thoughtful answer).



Predictions for a New Year This Week's COW Writing Challenge

Every January, predictions are made for what we might expect in the year ahead.  Many of these predictions amount to rampant speculation.  In this week’s COW Writing Challenge, students are given free reign to look at the year ahead and make their own bold predictions for 2016.

Some may wish to play it safe, predicting that June will be followed by July.  While others may wish to peer deeply into their crystal ball and make predictions that verge on the outrageous.  If your students are wondering about what sort of predictions to make, they may want to think about making predictions on:

1.  something unexpected that happens during the Super Bowl.

2.  a surprise winner at the Academy Awards.

3.  a person who becomes famous in an unexpected way.

4.  strange weather patterns.

5.  something that visits Earth from outer space.

6.  a new musical sensation.

7.  a great scientific discovery.

8.  a new invention that will change the world.

We also predict that your students should have a thought-provoking and entertaining time making their outlandish predictions for the year 2016!

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