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June 21, 2021

Loch Ness Contest

Evaluate the evidence presented in the article for and against the existence of the Loch Ness monster. What evidence is most compelling? What evidence is least compelling? Present your evaluation in the form of an essay, a slideshow, or an audio recording. Be sure to use text evidence.


Beast by Watt Key

Paired Texts Contest

How did Jennifer Keelan and other activists in the 1990s help make the world a more inclusive place for people living with disabilities? How has Tatyana McFadden continued these efforts? Answer both questions using details from both articles.


Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Naya Contest

Imagine you’re Naya. Write an email to your mom on the International Space Station, telling her how your feelings changed from the beginning of launch day to the end and why. (You can include anything else you’d like, as long as you stay true to Naya’s character.)


Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

You Write It Contest

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


$25 gift card

My Food Contest

Choose a favorite food. Maybe it’s something you love to eat or cook, or maybe it’s a special dish in your family. Create an infographic that tells the story of that food.


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