Showing posts with label Essay Contest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Essay Contest. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Being an American Essay Contest and Lesson Plan

The Bill of Rights Institute is currently hosting an essay contest for high school students. The contest asks students to write an essay (1000 words max) about the following question, "how does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?" Cash prizes of up to $1000 will be awarded in five U.S. regions. You can find the contest rules here. Entries are due by December 15.

Applications for Education
Even if you don't have students write for the contest, you might want to take advantage of the free lesson plan designed around contest question. The lesson plan uses a mix of historical and current events to prompt thinking about the Constitution and civil liberties.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

100 Word Student Essay Contest

The Tween Tribune is currently holding a 100 word essay contest for students in grades 3 through 12. Tween Tribune will award $500 prizes to the winners in each grade and five $100 prizes to runners-up in each grade. Student essays should address the prompt, "how technology makes the world a better place." Entries are due by January 16, 2011. You can read all of the contest details here.

Applications for Education
Writing concisely can be a challenge for some students. Writing for this contest provides students with a good opportunity to practice the art of writing concisely. The $500 prize is a nice incentive too.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The JFK Library is once again hosting a Profile in Courage Essay Contest. The contest asks US high school students (grades 9-12) to write a 1,000 word essay profiling the political courage of an elected official between 1956 and now. The profile can be of an elected official at any level from local to national government. The contest winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a $5,000 John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The second place writer will receive $1,000 cash and five finalists will receive $500 cash prizes. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2011. You can find all of the contest rules and requirements here.

Applications for Education
If you're a teacher of US History who already has your students research important figures of the second half of the 20th Century, having those students write for this contest could make a nice incentive for your students to put in a little extra effort.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shmoop Poetry Essay Contest - Win an iPad

Online study guide provider Shmoop just announced an essay contest for high school students. Shmoop's Poetry Essay Contest asks students to write a 500 word analysis of Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The winner of the contest, judged by Jim Burke, will receive an iPad. The entry deadline is May 28, 2010. You can find all of the entry requirements and contest details here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Teaching With Contests

Academic contests can be a fun way to get students excited about writing an essay, creating a video, writing a poem, or completing any number of learning activities. Teaching With Contests is a blog designed to help you find academic contests that your students can participate in. A quick review of the blog will lead you to contests covering all K-12 content areas.

Thanks to Diane Krause for the link.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Inventor's Digest Essay Contest for Grades 7-12

It's kind of an odd time to hold an essay contest, but Inventors Digest is holding an essay contest during the month of August for middle school and high school students. The contest asks students to write a 500 word essay about how their visions of the world in 2059. Specifically, students should address how technology will shape our lives in 2059. The winning essays will receive a new laptop, publication of their essay in Inventors Digest and an assortment of other prizes. You can read all of the contest requirements here.

Applications for Education
This contest is being held at a time when a lot of US schools are still on summer break. For those students who are in school in August, this could be a fun essay topic to explore. Even if you're not in school in August, keep the essay topic in mind as the topic itself could be a good beginning-of-the-year essay topic for students in computer classes.

Friday, February 13, 2009

I Won't Cheat Sports Essay Contest

I Won't Cheat is a foundation started by former Major League Baseball MVP Dale Murphy. The mission of I Won't Cheat is to educate students about the dangers of steroid use as well as promote fair play in student athletics.

I Won't Cheat is currently running an essay contest for students. The contest awards a $3000 scholarship to the winner as well as prizes to 19 second place winners. To enter the contest students need to write a one page essay in response to this prompt: "Which is worse, cheating and getting caught or cheating and not getting caught?" Entries are due by March 31 and the winners will be announced on April 17. For more information about the contest visit the I Won't Cheat contest page.

Applications for Education
Earlier this week Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's biggest stars, was caught and admitted to using steroids. The story of steroids in sports is sure to remain in the news for weeks. The I Won't Cheat essay contest provides a timely opportunity for students to reflect on cheating and drug use in sports. Students could write the essay as an assignment for a health class, writing course, or current events course.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Write an Essay, Win a Trip to Peru

National Geographic Kids, one of my favorite educational websites, is holding an essay contest. The contest requires students to write a 300 word essay about what they have discovered as a "hands-on" explorer of their world. The contest also requires an original photograph depicting the theme of the essay. The winner of the contest will join the National Geographic Kids expedition to Peru. You can read all of the contest rules and requirements here.

National Geographic Kids is also holding a contest for teachers through which they can also win a trip to Peru. In order to enter the contest teachers must conduct a lesson plan about Peru and write a 500 word essay about the best practices for teaching about Peru. Read all of the requirements for the teacher contest here.

Thanks to Karen at Teaching and Learning Spanish for the tip about this contest.

Applications for Education
Having your students write essays for this contest could be a good way to get students to explore the habit around them. Take your students for a walk outside around your school to let students make observations about their environment. Then bring them inside to work on writing a essay about their observations.