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December 2020/January 2021


February 15, 2021

Titanic Contest

What challenges did Robert Ballard face in his quest to find the Titanic? How did he overcome those challenges? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Support your ideas with text evidence.


Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Robin Hood Contest

Write the next scene of this play. You’ll need to decide when it takes place, where it takes place, and who is in the scene. Make sure the characters stay true to how they are portrayed in the play.


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Sleep Contest

Make a public service announcement for teens about how to get a good night’s sleep. Your PSA can be a slideshow, poster, or video. Use information from the article and infographic.


The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

The Stars Between Us Contest

Write a sequel to this story. Be true to Alma’s character.


You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

New Year's Tradition Contest

Choose one of the following:

1. Share a New Year’s tradition from your family or community;

2. Invent a New Year’s tradition of your own;

3. Research a tradition not included in the infographic.

For whichever task you choose, explain what the tradition is and why it’s meaningful. Your response can be a paragraph, video, or work of art.


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You Write It Contest

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


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November 2020


December 18, 2020

Everest Contest

What challenges do climbers face when attempting to climb Everest? How did Poorna Malavath overcome those challenges? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Use text evidence to support your ideas.


Descent by Roland Smith

Newsies Contest

You are a reporter, and you’re covering the Newsboys Strike of 1899. Write an article about what happened and how the strike was resolved. Include quotes from the characters in the play.


City of Orphans by Avi

Making Our Voices Heard Contest

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” —Helen Keller

Think about what this quote means and how it applies to “Making Our Voices Heard” and to the infographic “How to Be a ChangeMaker. Respond in a short essay.


Raise Your Voice by Jeffrey Kluger

Fame Contest

Think about the poem “Fame Is a Bee.” What is the big idea of the poem? How does it relate to Emma’s story? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. Use text evidence.


Warp Speed by Lisa Yee

Mantis Shrimp Contest

Write an essay arguing that the mantis shrimp should be your school’s new mascot. Use information in the infographic to support your ideas.


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October 2020


November 20, 2020

Malala Contest

Nobel Peace Prizes are awarded for achievements that have greatly benefited humanity. What are Malala’s achievements? How do they benefit humankind? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay. 


Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed.

Space Rock Contest

Imagine that you are a journalist. Write a story about the meteorite in Rock Creek. Include interviews and information about meteorites that will give your readers background information. Your story can be in the form of a news article, a podcast, or a video news program.


The World Ends in April by Stacy McAnulty.

Soap Contest

Write a narrative in which Abigail Foote travels through time to present day and visits the soap aisle at a drugstore. How does she react to the way soap has changed since her time? Feel free to include any additional characters or plot elements that you like. Draw on the two articles for information about how soap and hygiene have changed since the 1770s.


Battle Born by Amie Kaufman

The Nothing Contest

Write a sequel to “The Nothing.” Be true to the mood of the story.


Out to Get You by Josh Allen.

Sailing Stones Contest

Read the You Be the Editor passage on page 31 of your October 2020 issue of Scope or at Scope Online. Follow the prompts in the circles to revise and polish the writing.


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