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Scope Contests

Scope is packed with contests to get your students excited about writing. And they can win awesome prizes! Below find information about our current contests, including entry forms and deadlines.

Current Contests

Scholastic Scope

December 2014

January 22, 2015

Fire Contest

Using text evidence, students consider how author Lauren Tarshis helps the reader understand what it was like to live through the Great Peshtigo Fire (including what literary devices she uses).

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Great Peshtigo Fire by Scott Knickelbine

Troy Contest

Students infer what qualities were most admired in ancient Greece and write a short essay, using text evidence, on how education helped young Greeks develop those qualities.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: King of Ithaka by Tracy Barrett

Penguin Contest

Students write a well-supported essay on how the workers in the two articles solved seemingly overwhelming problems and how each story brings hope to readers.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Phillip Hoose

Teeth Contest

Students use our eye-catching infographic about dental hygiene through the ages to write an essay.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Three winners will each get a $25 Visa gift card. We will publish the winning entries on Scope Online.

Scholastic Scope

November 2014

December 15, 2014

Loch Ness Contest

Students consider why people continue to look for the Loch Ness monster and decide whether it is a worthwhile pursuit, using details from both the article and the essay to support their ideas.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: The Riverman by Aaron Starner

Empathy Contest

Students write a short essay applying a quote from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird to both the play and the informational text.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Luther Standing Bear Contest

Students consider how both Shanice Britton and Luther Standing Bear have lived in two worlds and compare their experiences.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Abuela Contest

Using text evidence, students analyze a proverb about happiness and apply it to the story.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall.

You Write It Contest

Students turn our interview with 16-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka, who developed a system that helps Alzheimer’s patients, into an article.

Gold Ribbon

Prize: Three winners will each get a $25 Visa gift card. We will publish the winning entries on Scope Online.

The deadline has passed and we are busy reading your students’ fabulous entries. Stay tuned for Lemony Snicket’s story—coming in May!

All contest entries can be e-mailed to:

Please attach entries as Word documents or PDFs, put the contest name in the subject line, and include the e-mail address of the entrant’s parent or legal guardian.

You can also mail entries to:

“Contest Name” c/o Scope
P.O. Box 712
New York, NY 10013-0712