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November 2021


December 20, 2021

Cave Rescue Contest

How was the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team a lesson in the power of teamwork? Use details from the article to support your ideas.


All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat

Invasive Species Contest

How are invasive species introduced? Why is it important to contain invasive species? Use information in the article and the infographic to support your answer.


The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Shackleton Contest

Choose a member of the crew. Then write a diary entry as that crewmember at any point in the story. Be sure to convey what is going on and how the character is feeling.


Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

Hard to Say Contest

Explain how the title “Hard to Say” relates to the story. Respond in a well-organized paragraph.


The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel

Poetry Contest

Using Jennifer Dignan’s poem as a model, write your own poem with the title “Three Things I Love.” You can write from your point of view or from the point of view of a character or person you admire.


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October 2021 issue of Scope with an illustration of a baseball player. Text reads meet Your New Hero

October 2021


November 15, 2021.

Chicago Fire Contest

What factors contributed to the Great Chicago Fire? How are we better prepared for fires today? Answer both questions in an essay. Use text evidence to support your response.


The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

Cinderella Contest

Read the play and the article and view the slideshow at Scope Online. Then write your own Cinderella story. It can be set in any time or place.


Twelve Nights by Andrew Zurcher

Roberto Clemente Contest

What shapes a person’s legacy? What is Roberto Clemente’s legacy? Answer both questions in an essay. Use details from the articles to support your ideas.


The Way Home Looks Now by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Sequel Contest

Write a sequel to the story. Are Graham’s internal and external conflicts resolved? Up to you!


The Retake by Jen Calonita

You Write It Contest

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


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Vacation Contest

Consider the purpose of this issue's infographic. What is it trying to convince you to do? Now create your own destination infographic, using this one as a model. Your destination can be a real or fictional place.


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cover of September 2021 issue of Scope

September 2021


October 18, 2021

Boat Rescue Contest

Consider the following claim: In times of tragedy, glimpses of courage, hope, and heroism can still be found. How does “Rescue at the Water’s Edge” support this claim? Use text evidence. 


Ground Zero by Alan Gratz

Troy Contest

In a well-organized essay, analyze the relationship between the gods and the mortals. Use text evidence to support your ideas. Send


Force of Fire by Sayantani DasGupta

Video Games Contest

Compare video games from the early 1980s with video games today. How are they similar? How are they different? Support your answer with details from both articles and the interview at Scope Online.


Level 13 by Gordon Korman

Back to Normal Contest

Write the conversation that Elijah and Devon have after Elijah’s first day at school. Optionally, have someone play the part of each character and recordthe conversation. Send your written or recorded entry to Back to Normal Contest.


Turtle Boy by M. Evan Wolkenstein.

Coober Pedy Contest

Read our article about Coober Pedy. Then follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing. Send your revised article to Coober Pedy Contest.


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Ode Contest

Choose several photographs of places and events from your life that you remember fondly, or think about what “photos” you have in your mind of such places and events. Using “Ode to Family Photographs” as a model, write a poem based on the photos or mental images you choose.


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