Lessons of Hope Contest
The last section of the article is called “Lessons of Hope.” What lessons of hope does the story of polio contain? Use details from the article to support your ideas.
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko
Dear Future Contest
Imagine that James has decided to keep his own “Dear Future” journal. Write one of his entries.
Clues to the Universe by Christina Li
Imagine that you work for a conservation group focused on raising public awareness about buffalo. Design a slideshow, a social media campaign, or a poster for the group that explains why buffalo are important and why they should be protected.
A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry
What big idea about wealth does the story of King Midas convey? Do you agree with it? Answer both questions in the form of a written essay or slideshow. Support your ideas with evidence.
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
My Poem Contest
You might have noticed that some words in the poem appear in yellow. Those words form a line from another poem: “Storm Ending” by Jean Toomer. Here’s your task: Choose a line from a poem or work of fiction that you love, and incorporate it into your own poem, using Nikki Grimes’s “Truth” as a model.
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
Read our article about the strange items that have been left behind on the moon. Then follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing.
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Tri-State Tornado Contest
In a well-organized essay, explain how author Lauren Tarshis transports her readers to March 18, 1925. Use text evidence.
The Tornado Scientist by Mary Kay Carson
Dr. West Contest
Imagine that the United States Postal Service wants ideas for who to feature on a new stamp. Write an essay explaining why that person should be Dr. Gladys B. West. Use information from the article and the informational text to support your ideas.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
Jones, Merryweather, Holmes, and Watson are giving a press conference about the case. (A press conference is where someone speaks to reporters about a news event and then answers their questions.) Write the scene of that press conference in the form of a written script or video.
The Thief Knot by Kate Milford
The Cloud Contest
Write what happens next. Be sure to include details that bring the setting to life for your readers.
Greystone Secrets 2: The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
You Write It Contest
Read our interview with Nolan Mejia. Choose a central idea and write a three-paragraph article about Nolan in your own words. Be sure to use quotes from our interview.
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Before Smartphones Contest
Interview an adult about what life was like before smartphones. Then use information from your interview as well as the infographic to write an article with the title “Life Before Smartphones.” Your article can be written or it can be in the form of an audio recording or a video.
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Imagine that you are giving a speech at the USS Indianapolis memorial in Indiana. Write your speech, using information from the article as well as from the video and the slideshow at Scope Online. Send your speech in the form of a video, audio file, or written transcript
Left for Dead by Pete Nelson.
Imagine you are a sneaker designer like Jonathan Guisbert. Design a new sneaker. In a written document, poster, or slideshow, make a pitch that includes a sketch of your sneaker, the high-profile person you think should endorse it, and an explanation of why your sneaker will be successful. Draw on information from the article and the interview.
Hatch by Kenneth Oppel
Wilma Rudolph Contest
Consider Wilma’s last lines in the play. How do these lines relate to Wilma’s story? Use text evidence to support your ideas. Send
Patina by Jason Reynolds.
Plan B Contest
Write the scene that happens between the end of Nathan’s letter and the debriefing. Be true to information revealed in the debriefing and to the characters in the story.
First Light by Rebecca Stead
You Be the Editor Contest
Read our article about auroras. Then follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing.
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Noisy Mind Contest
Explain what the speaker means when she says her mind is noisy. Then explain—in your own words—what happens when the speaker quiets her noisy mind.
My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard.