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We have announced the theme selected by our Concept Schools’ network for 2016/2017

Wear Your Imagination Inside Out

Awards:

1st, 2nd, and 3 place prizes will be given in 3 categories – high school, middle school, and elementary; $100, $75, and $50 respectively.  And wherever applicable a $25 for honorable mention.  In addition, winners will work with the Director of English and their teachers to finalize their winning entries for publication. 

Winners will be announced in March.

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2016/2017 Writing Contest

Theme:  Wear Your Imagination Inside Out

Rationale:  We are inspired by different things.  Our inspiration is as diverse as the people and environments that we inhabit.  The word imagination implies we go inside and bring what is there out for the world to see. We want to know how this process works for you. So, please, select a prompt and start writing. 

Prompts:

  • Imagine that you have some magical capabilities.  Explain what you would do with them to inspire the world.
  • Re-write a fairy tale.* Give it a new ending and change it to make it even more inspiring.
  • Use a picture that inspires you and describe it to your reader.
  • Inspiration is often portrayed as a bright light.*  Describe a time that you came out of the dark and followed the light of inspiration.
  • Describe a time when you were inspired by music and explain what happened.

 

Grade Level Differentiation – Essays:

3-5th grade, expository and narrative essays or fairy tale minimum of 300 words

6 – 8th grade, expository, narrative essays or fairy tale minimum of 500 words

9 – 12th grade, expository, narrative essays or fairy tale minimum of 600 words

Grade Level Differentiation – Poems:

*These two prompts may also be written as a poem 

Poem for 3 – 5 grade, 5 to 10 lines minimum

Poem for 6- 8th grade, 15 – 20 lines minimum

Poem for 9 – 12th grade, 20 to 30 lines minimum

Rules and Guidelines:

  1. Contest is open to any student (grade 3 or higher) who is part of Concept Schools.
  2. Teachers may submit as many entries as they wish as long as student work has been written, revised, and edited.
  3. Work is submitted as follows:
    1. Teacher submits all student work via email with a list of students they are attaching: name/grade level.
    2. All entries must be formatted as follows: name, school name, grade level, and name of prompt with the words “poem” or “essay.” Entries must be typed (minimum 18 point font – max 22 point font) or neatly hand-written. Teacher rubric must be attached. See sample
  4. Entries may be submitted to aflaherty@conceptschools.org from November 14th – February 24th.
    1. Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your records.
    2. All decisions about winners are subject to the judgment of the Concept judging panel. Scoring will be done with the same rubrics as two attached (expository/narrative will use the same).

Note:  Please encourage your students to check out the list below and support them in submitting their work to other competitions!

Rubrics below

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32 Other Writing Competitions for Students

32 Writing Contests for Teens (Publication & Cash)

Download the attached prompts and requirements:

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Poster Design Coming in December 2016!  If you need any information, contact Andy Flaherty at aflaherty@conceptschools.org

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From Idea to Concept, Sharpening Our Classroom Writing

Concept English Writing Competition 2015/2016

Prompts:

 3rd Grade Personal Narrative: Students will describe their local community and how it helps them.

Opinion/Personal Speech:  Students will write a speech on a personal opinion of a school rule.

(These are embedded in the 3rd grade Interdisciplinary Units)  For more information contact Don Shanahan at shanahan@conceptschools.org

4th Grade Journeys – Informative Essay, students write a news report about a school-wide event or activity that happened in their building.  Pages T52-55

Journeys – Persuasive Letter, students write a persuasive letter to convince financial backers in the community to donate to a possible project or need in their classroom. Pages T206-209

For more information reach out to Don Shanahan at shanahan@conceptschools.org

5th Grade Journeys – Fictional Narrative, students write a fictional narrative about a main character that overcomes a challenge that would change their life. Pages T284-287, T358-361

Journeys – Informative Essay, students write a cause/effect essay about something humans do to contribute to the habitat destruction of animals. Pages T208-211

For more information reach out to Don Shanahan at shanahan@conceptschools.org

6th Grade Collection # 1 – Expository Essay, students chose a fear and write about it. Page 67

Collection # 2 – Expository Essay, students write about how animals exhibit intelligence. Page 133

7th Grade Collection #1 – Oral Commentary (submit written work), students write and present their opinion about the rewards and risks associated with bold actions. Page 57

Collection #2 – Opinion or Expository Essay, students write about how a single action can create a dramatic change.  Page 131

8th Grade Collection #1 – Personal Narrative, students write a narrative based on their own experience adjusting or fitting into new situations. Page 83

Collection #2 – Literary Analysis, students select a story or stories in the horror genre and write an analysis.  Page 137

9th Grade Collection #1 – Speech (submit written speech), students write and present a speech about how the anchor text discusses how individuals struggle to unit for a cause. Page 37

Collection #2 – Argument, students make a claim about whether or not freedom is given or must be demanded.  Page 97

10th Grade Collection #1 – Speech (submit written speech), students write and present a speech about how our relationships with others define who we are.  Page 41

Collection #2 – Research Report, students write a report that develops their findings about our relationship with nature.

11th Grade Collection #1 – Argument, students write an essay with a claim and evidence that support their beliefs about how immigration changed America, and how America changes those who come here. Page 103

Collection #2 – Informative Essay, students write an essay detailing information from their anchor texts and how it relates to balancing individual and group rights.  Page 169

12th Grade Collection #1 – (NOTE: Seniors are doing research paper) For submission to competition choose Compare/Contrast Essay, students compare/contrast the sacrifices made by individuals in their anchor texts. Page 71

Collection #2 – (Note:  Group Discussion is the assessed task in this unit) For submission to competition choose Informative Essay rubric Page 144), students write an informative essay explaining how gender roles have evolved over time based on the result of their group discussions.

 

Rules and Guidelines:

  1. Select the top 2 pieces from each of your classes from the options listed above. If you have strong writers you may submit for each.
  1. Submit student work as follows:

Submit email that must include:  A list of students you are attaching as well as their grade level.  Student writing must have student name, school name, grade level, and from which text the Prompt came on every page of submission and file. Type size must be minimum 18 maximum 22 font. If these submission requirements are not met, work will not be read.

For example:  John Andrews, HSA Toledo, 9th grade, Collection #1

  1. Entries can be submitted to aflaherty@conceptschools.org from September to January 29th as you finish your classroom work.
  • Contest is open to any student (grade 3 or higher) who is a part of Concept Schools.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy for your records.
  • All decisions about winners are subject to the judgment of the Concept judging panel. Scoring will be done with the same rubrics used by teachers throughout the network for their classroom instructions.

Awards:

1st, 2nd, and 3 place prizes will be given in 3 categories – high school, middle school, and elementary; $100, $75, and $50 respectively.  And wherever applicable a $25 for honorable mention.

Winners will be announced in March.

NOTE:  Your work must be original and without obscenities, gratuitous violence, or other questionable material.