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December 2018/January 2019

Deadline

February 15, 2018

Noah Contest

Choose two character traits that Noah possesses. In a well-organized essay, explain how Noah demonstrates those traits. Support your ideas with text evidence.

Prize

Lu by Jason Reynolds


Giving Contest

Explain what makes the gifts Jim and Della give each other valuable. Answer this question in a short essay. Draw on the play and the informational text in your answer.

Prize

Very Rich by Polly Horvath


Kilauea Contest

How do volcanoes like Kilauea both destroy and create? Answer this question in a well-organized essay, using text evidence from both articles.

Prize

Volcano Discoveries by Dr. Tom Pfeiffer and Dr. Ingrid Smet


Valentine Contest

Naomi Shihab Nye writes that “Nothing was ugly just because the world said so.” Choose something not generally considered beautiful—like skunks. Write a poem or an essay that shows its beauty.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


Monkey Contest

Read the passage on page 28 of your December 2018/January 2019 issue of Scope. Note the words and phrases in bold. They are vague—meaning they are not very descriptive. Follow the prompts in the blue circles to make the writing more vivid.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


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November 2018

Deadline

December 15, 2018

Triangle Contest

An exhibit about the Triangle fire is opening in your town, and you’ve been asked to give a speech. Your speech should summarize what happened and explain why it’s important to remember this tragedy.

Prize

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix


Sherlock Holmes Contest

Choose one skill mentioned above. Explain how Holmes uses that skill to solve the case in the play you just read. Support your answer with text evidence.

Prize

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius


Birthday Contest

Both the poem and the story are about growing up. Compare Ashley’s attitude about being thirteen and a half with the attitude about turning ten expressed in the poem. Use text evidence.

Prize

Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick   


Smile Contest

How can receiving cleft surgery change a child’s life? Answer this question in a short essay. Use text evidence from both the article and the interview.

Prize

Ugly by Daniel Hoge 


60 Seconds Contest

Create your own “What Happens Every 60 Seconds” infographic in the form of a poster, a slideshow, or a video. Include different information from what is included in the infographic.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


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October 2018

Deadline

November 15, 2018

Balto Contest

Imagine that Gunnar Kaasen has just arrived in Nome, and you are a journalist covering the crisis there. Write a news article, create a three-minute news video, or record a three-minute news podcast about what happened.

Prize

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson


Frankenstein Contest

The year is 2050, and a super-intelligent robot has just been created. Should the robot be switched on? Answer from either Frankenstein’s or the creature’s point of view. Your response may be in the form of a one-page written letter or a one-minute video.

Prize

Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart


Phone Contest

Make a public service announcement (PSA) about the dangers of smartphone addiction and how kids can have a healthy relationship with their devices. Your PSA can be a short video, a poster, or a slideshow.

Prize

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly.  


You Write It Contest

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

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


Write-a-Story Contest

Read page 32 of the October 2018 issue of Scope. Pick one of Jason Reynolds’s three story starters and write an original short fiction story. If Reynolds picks YOUR story as the winner, you’ll get $100 and have your story published on Scope Online (plus prizes for your teacher and classmates)! 

Click here for more details.  


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