Category Archives: Nonfiction Writing

Celebrate National Day on Writing on October 19

National Day on WritingOctober 20, 2012, will mark NCTE‘s fourth annual National Day on Writing (U. S. Senate Resolution 565). Because October 20 falls on Saturday this year, NCTE and collaborating organizations are inviting us to celebrate on October 19. This year NCTE is partnering with  The New York Times Learning NetworkNational Writing ProjectMozilla Hive Learning Network NYCEdutopiaNational Novel Writing MonthDigital Learning DayCommon Sense MediaThe College of Saint RosePulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingCreative CommonsSchool Library Journal, and FridayReads to encourage you and your students to take part in a global conversation on Twitter about writing and the role it plays in your life. For ideas about what to post, just click on the links for any of the collaborating sponsors.

If you decide to participate and/or if you decide to invite your students to participate, please post using the hashtag #WhatIWrite (and if space permits, #dayonwriting). The goal is to call attention to the remarkable variety of writing that people from all walks of life engage in across the nation and to recognize the important role writing has in all our lives.

Let’s get #WhatIWrite to be a trending topic on Twitter on Friday!

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First Freedom Student Competition

The First Freedom Center, a non-profit, non-political, non-denominational organization based in Richmond, Virginia, and dedicated to advancing the fundamental human rights of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, is announcing its 20th annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay and video contest offers students in grades 9 through 12 with an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and the history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today. Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format.

This year’s topic introduces students to George Washington’s famous Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island of 1790, where he addresses a new standard for religious freedom and religious equality for citizens of the young nation. Students will identify the basic principles of religious liberty espoused in this primary document and will research and assess how well the United States has lived up to Washington’s ideal. For the complete topic, essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit First Freedom Student Competition 2012/2013.

Students must register online on or before Monday, November 12, 2012, and the postmark deadline for mailing the essay or video with its accompanying entry materials is Monday, November 26, 2012. Winners will be announced on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, April 13, 2013.

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Live Deliberately Essay Contest

World Wide Waldens

World Wide Waldens, an education initiative of the Walden Woods Project that promotes environmental reflection and action activities for middle school, high school, and college students, is sponsoring its annual Live Deliberately Essay Contest for students. There are three age categories: 13-15 years old, 16-18 years old, and 19-21 years old. To enter the contest, students should submit a 500-word personal essay in response to the following passage from “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” in Thoreau’s Walden:

“The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.”

Submissions are due by May 15, 2012.

Writing in Walden Woods

For more information, tips and suggestions, access to the online submission form and winning essays from previous contests, please consult essay contest website.

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New York State Archives Student Research Awards

New York State Archives: Where History Goes on Record

The New York State Archives has announced its twenty-second annual Student Research Awards program to promote and recognize excellence in student research. The main purpose of the awards program is to encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records in New York State.

Three awards will be presented: one each for grades 4-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

Individual and group entries are welcome and must be submitted by July 1, 2012.

Entries may be in the following formats:

  • Website, PowerPoint presentation, or other computer-based format
  • Exhibit
  • Documentary
  • Performance
  • Proposal for historic marker
  • Research paper

All nominations must be made by teachers, library media specialists, or administrators in the school attended by the student or groups of students.

For official guidelines and entry forms:

http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/grants/grants_student_sraguidelines.shtml

New York State Archives

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Young Writers Summer Camp

The Genesee Valley Writing Project will be sponsoring a summer camp for students in grades 6 through 8 from August 6-10, 2012. Two sessions will be offered–a morning session focusing on creative writing and digital media and an afternoon session exploring nonfiction writing styles. Students may apply for one or both sessions. Applications are due June 29, 2012.

For further information:

2012 Young Writers Summer Camp Poster

Young Writers Summer Camp Brochure and Application

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