April 2020

Deadline

Extended to June 20, 2020

Courage Contest

The cottage on Tatarska Street is being turned into a museum to honor Stefania and Helena. Write a speech to be given on the day the museum opens.

 

Prize

The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron


Sea Turtle Contest

 

Imagine that you are a journalist. Write a news article or create a podcast about Elmar’s rescue and release. Incorporate quotes from characters in the play.

Prize

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly


The Great Stink Contest

Consider the expression “Necessity is the mother of invention.” What does that mean? How does it apply to sanitation challenges past and present? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Support your ideas with evidence from both articles.

Prize

How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson

 


Broom Dog Contest

What is Canton afraid of? How does he overcome his fear? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Support your ideas with text evidence.

 

Prize

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds


New Bill Contest

Imagine that the U.S. is going to make a new $3 bill. Write a proposal for three to five elements you think should be on it—and why.

Prize

$25 gift card


March 2020

Deadline

Extended to May 20, 2020

PSA Contest

Create a public service announcement about concussions, drawing on information in the article and infographic. Your PSA may be in the form of a poster or video (no longer than 2 minutes).

Prize

Strike Zone by Mike Lupica


Suffragist Contest

In an essay, explain the challenges that suffragists had to overcome in their fight for the right to vote. Draw on the play, captions, and informational text to support your ideas.

Prize

The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey


Vesuvius Contest

Explain how author Lauren Tarshis helps readers understand what it was like to be in Pompeii the day Vesuvius erupted. How did her research help her? Draw on the article, the interview, and the video to support your ideas.

Prize

Eruption! by Elizabeth Rusch


Roach Contest

Write a scene that takes place after the events of this story, in 650 words or less. Use each type of figurative language in the spotlight box on page 24 at least once.

Prize

Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu


Ghost Ship Contest

Read the passage on page 29 of your March 2020 issue of Scope. Note the words and phrases in bold. Follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing.

Prize

$25 gift card


My Dream Contest

Write a poem called “My Dream Is.” Include details about yourself and what makes you great.

Prize

Ghost by Jason Reynolds


February 2020

Deadline

Extended to April 20, 2020

Henson Contest

Imagine that a museum exhibit has been created to honor Matthew Henson. Create a brochure for the exhibit. It should include an introduction explaining who Henson was and a guide to the exhibit. 

Prize

First Man by Simon Schwartz


Icarus Contest

In Scene 4, Athena says: “It is a wise man who knows his limits—and does not attempt to reach beyond them.” How is this idea developed throughout the play? How does the poem offer a different point of view? Answer both questions in an essay. Use text evidence.

Prize

Greek Myths and Mazes by Jan Bajtlik


Superfans Contest

Discuss how fan culture can be both positive and negative. Support your answer with text evidence from both articles.

Prize

The Perfect Star by Rob Buyea


Aftershocks Contest

In a short essay, analyze the title of the story, which has both a literal and a figurative meaning. Support your analysis with text evidence.

Prize

Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz


Chance the Snapper Contest

Send your revised article to Chance the Snapper Contest.

Prize

$25 gift card


Ultimate Vacation Contest

Consider the purpose of this infographic. Now create your own destination infographic, using this one as a model. Your destination can be real or a fictional place from a book, movie, or TV show. Send it to Ultimate Vacation Contest. Three winners will each get a $25 gift card.

Prize

$25 gift card