December 2019 / January 2020


February 20, 2020

Amelia Earhart Contest

The article presents several theories about what happened to Amelia Earhart. Which theory do you find most believable and why? Support your opinion with text evidence.


Born to Fly by Steve Sheinkin

Paired Texts Contest

Compare the e-cigarette industry with Big Tobacco. How have these industries manipulated young people into using their products? What can you do to protect yourself?


Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Charles Dickens Contest

What do you think Charles Dickens wants readers to learn through the character of Scrooge? Support your answer with details from the play and imagined interview.


Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Superhero Contest

Write your own story with the title “If I Were a Superhero.” Give your central character an internal conflict. Your story should be no more than 800 words.


The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

You Write It Contest

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


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Bravery Contest

Why do you think the poem is called “Song of Bravery”? Support your answer with text evidence.


What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman

November 2019


December 20, 2019

Cherry Mine Contest

Write a speech for the anniversary of the Cherry Mine disaster. Your speech should explain why the disaster is important to remember. Send your speech as a transcript, video, or audio recording.


Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Interlopers Contest

An interloper is an intruder, that is, a person in a situation or place where they are not welcome or don’t belong. Who are the interlopers in this story? Answer this question in an essay. Use text evidence to support your ideas.


The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Born Just Right Contest

Explain Jordan’s mission and how she is accomplishing it. Use information from the article and Q&A to support your ideas.


Born Just Right by Jordan Reeves and Jen Lee Reeves

Good Enough Contest

An ode is a type of poem that expresses the writer’s thoughts and feelings about a specific person, place, or thing. Write an ode either to an Orion shirt or to the knockoff—from Dori’s point of view.


The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

Trampoline Contest

Revise the article "The History of the Trampoline"


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