Tag: school lockers

Pet Day Chaos! This Week's COW Writing Challenge

Nothing holds more promise for classroom chaos than Bring Your Pet to School Day, or Pet Day.  In this week’s COW Writing Challenge, students are to imagine the most chaotic Pet Day ever in the history of Pet Days.

Have them consider some of the following questions that would make an already chaotic day even more wild:

1.  What strange pets could be brought that day?  A camel?  A penguin?  A snake?  Did someone borrow an animal from the zoo or a circus for the day?

2.  What interactions between the pets lead to further mayhem?  Do dogs meet cats?

3.  How does the ‘Pet Day’ in this class spill over to the rest of the school?  Or is Pet Day a school wide phenomenon?  Do some pets escape?  Do some of them find their way into the duct work of the school’s air conditioning and heating system?  Do some hide in lockers?  Do some of them interrupt other classes?  Do some of them find their way onto school buses?

4.  What heroic deed or brilliant idea could bring all of this catastrophic confusion to an end?

We hope some brilliant writing comes out of this challenge, and will raise some concerns about having a real-life pet day in your class!

Clean Out Your Locker This Week's COW Writing Challenge

As the end of the school year approaches, one of the most unenviable tasks is the annual locker clean-out.  Cleaning out a locker can lead to all kinds of surprises.  Throughout the course of the year, all manner of things can grow, rot, multiply, and mutate.

In this writing challenge, students are to imagine the worst locker of all time.  It is their job to clean it out.  Unfortunately, the locker clean-out leads to all kinds of surprises.  Before the writing session, you may want to have a brainstorming session of the kinds of strange, exotic, and downright bizarre life-forms that may be found in this locker.

Rather than having this writing challenge turn into a list of items found in the locker, students should use the discoveries as a lead-in to a story relating to those items.  Does something escape into the school?  Does something pull you into the locker?  The other possibility is to have the locker as a portal . . . a portal to where?

After completing this writing challenge, hopefully, your students will never look at their locker in the same way!  That’s how writing transforms writers.

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