February 2020


March 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. 


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.


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.


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.


Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

Chance the Snapper Contest

Send your revised article to Chance the Snapper Contest.


$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.


$25 gift card

December 2019 / January 2020


February 20, 2020

Amelia Earhart Contest

The article presents several theories about what happened to Amelia Earhart. Which theory do you find most believable and why? Support your opinion with text evidence.


Born to Fly by Steve Sheinkin

Paired Texts Contest

Compare the e-cigarette industry with Big Tobacco. How have these industries manipulated young people into using their products? What can you do to protect yourself?


Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Charles Dickens Contest

What do you think Charles Dickens wants readers to learn through the character of Scrooge? Support your answer with details from the play and imagined interview.


Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Superhero Contest

Write your own story with the title “If I Were a Superhero.” Give your central character an internal conflict. Your story should be no more than 800 words.


The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden

You Write It Contest

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


$25 Visa gift card

Bravery Contest

Why do you think the poem is called “Song of Bravery”? Support your answer with text evidence.


What the Heart Knows by Joyce Sidman