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April 2021

Deadline

May 24, 2021

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.

Prize

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.

Prize

Clues to the Universe by Christina Li


Buffalo Contest

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.

Prize

A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry


Midas Contest

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.

Prize

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.

Prize

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes


Moon Contest

 

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. 

Prize

$25 gift card


March 2021

Deadline

April 19, 2021

Tri-State Tornado Contest

In a well-organized essay, explain how author Lauren Tarshis transports her readers to March 18, 1925. Use text evidence.

Prize

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.

Prize

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly


Holmes Contest

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.

Prize

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.

Prize

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.

Prize

$25 gift card


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.

Prize

$25 gift card


February 2021

Deadline

March 15, 2021

Indianapolis Contest

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

Prize

Left for Dead by Pete Nelson.


Sneaker Contest

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.

Prize

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

Prize

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.

Prize

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.

Prize

$25 gift card


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.

Prize

My Thoughts Are Clouds: Poems for Mindfulness by Georgia Heard.