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May 2019

Deadline

June 15, 2019

Bat Contest

Research a species of bat that lives in your region or state. In a video, podcast, or essay, explain why the bat is important, what threats it faces, and how it can be protected.

Prize

The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats by Sandra Markle


WASP Contest

Imagine that this play is being made into a movie, and you’ve been hired to help promote it. Make a movie poster, 30-second movie trailer, or social media advertisement for the movie.

Prize

Yankee Doodle Gals by Amy Nathan


Welcome Contest

What challenges might students from other countries face when they first come to the U.S.? What can be done to support them? Use text evidence to support your answer.

Prize

The Playbook by Kwame Alexander


Bodie Contest

Read the passage "Is This Ghost Town Cursed?" on page 29 of your May 2019 issue of Scope. Note the words and phrases in bold. They are vague—meaning they are not very descriptive. Follow the prompts to make the writing more vivid.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


My World Contest

You just read a poem called “Your World.” Now create a poem, essay, drawing, or song called “My World” that reveals some of your hopes and dreams—the things on YOUR “distant horizon.”

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


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April 2019

Deadline

May 15, 2019

Berlin Wall Contest

You are a journalist covering the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Write an article explaining what the Berlin Wall was and why it’s important to remember it.

Prize

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Plastic Trash Contest

Why is plastic trash a problem? How can this problem be solved? Answer both questions in the form of an essay, slideshow, podcast, or video.

Prize

The Wild Beyond by Piers Torday


Lady or Tiger Contest

What do you think was behind the door on the right—the lady or the tiger? Answer this question in a well-organized essay. Support your claim with text evidence.

Prize

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk


Voilà! Contest

On page 23, Simone refers to “everyday miracles” and the magic that is all around us. What do you think she means? What everyday miracles is Simone able to find in the doctor’s waiting room? Answer both questions in an essay. Use text evidence.

Prize

Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg 


Then & Now Contest

Create your own “Then and Now” infographic, comparing any period from the past to today. Use our infographic as a model.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


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March 2019

Deadline

April 15, 2019

Pigeon Contest

Create a museum exhibit about Cher Ami and her heroic last flight. List the types of objects you would include in the display. Then write the information that will appear next to the display

Prize

Truce by Jim Murphy


Magic Contest

Do you think George did the right thing in giving up his magical powers? Answer this question in a well-organized essay.

Prize

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol


Monster Contest

The writer J.R.R. Tolkien said, “I believe that legends and myths are largely made of ‘truth.’” What does Tolkien mean? What is the “truth” in the legends and myths surrounding creatures like giant squid and Bigfoot? Answer both questions in an essay. Use text evidence. 

Prize

The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr


You Write It Contest

Read our interview with Zoe San Miguel. Choose a central idea and write a three-paragraph article about Zoe in your own words. Be sure to use quotes from our interview.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


Gratitude Contest

Write your own poem about gratitude, using Jennifer Dignan’s poem as a model. 

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


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