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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. Tolkein said, “I believe that legends and myths are largely made of ‘truth.’” What does Tolkein 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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February 2019

Deadline

March 15, 2019

Blizzard Contest

Why was the blizzard of 1888 so dangerous? How did the time and place of the blizzard contribute to the danger? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Use text evidence.

Prize

Blizzard! by Jim Murphy


My America Contest

You belong to a group that would like to create a monument in Oklahoma City honoring Barbara Posey and the Oklahoma City Youth Council. Write a proposal for the monument. Include a description of what the monument would look like and why it should be made.

Prize

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Fish Contest

An aquarium has hired you to help educate the public about what to do with a pet fish that can no longer be cared for. Make a short video or poster on this topic. Be sure to include why it’s important not to release pet fish into the wild.

Prize

Squirm by Carl Hiaasen


The Perfects Contest

Think about the challenges that Max from the short story and Marie Nash from this article face as kids in military families. How are they similar? How are they different? Answer in an essay.

Prize

Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes


Spicy Contest

The owner of the Scope Bistro wants your opinion: Should she add spicy dishes to the menu—and if so, just how spicy should those dishes be? Write a letter explaining your point of view. Support your ideas with details from the infographic.

Prize

$25 Visa gift card


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December 2018/January 2019

Deadline

February 15, 2019

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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