I’m super excited to announce this: I’ve teamed up with the wonderful My Everyday Classroom to bring a fantastic contest opportunity to you and your kids! We’re calling on all kids living in Canada and ranging from ages 9 to 11 years old to participate in a news article writing contest! Here’s the best part: it’s absolutely free to participate and the winner will receive a special prize! This will have your kids feeling super motivated to write over the winter holiday. Let’s get our kids excited about learning and writing. Check out all the details below!
Details for Parents
The contest: Is there something important that your child wants to share that they think is newsworthy? We would love to read their news stories! Whether it’s about their sister’s soccer trophy, their fantastic new toy or an exciting event they attended, we want to know about it! For the best results, use these lesson ideas about news articles.
Here are the contest requirements:
– open to Canadian residents only
– contestants must be between the ages of 9 to 11 years old
– the submitted work must be original and handwritten by the contestant (please scan or take a clear picture of the work, and email it to email@example.com with the subject heading: Contest Submission)
– please use a valid email address, as this will be our primary means of communication with you
– we kindly request that parents/guardians allow kids to do their best work, with minimal assistance (to ensure fairness)
The Judges’ Checklist (this is what the judges will look for):
- Clearly understands the writing style for a news article (important details first, quotes, informative, etc.).
- Demonstrates that they have learned about their content and understand it enough to write in a detailed and accurate way.
- The news article shows a deep level of thinking, and analyzing information to make broader connections.
- Writing is clear and organized.
- Proper use of conventions and revision (grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc).
Details for Kids
The contest: Is there something important that you want to share that you think is newsworthy? We would love to read your news stories! Whether it’s about your sister’s soccer trophy, your fantastic new toy or an exciting event you attended, we want to know about it! For the best results, use these lesson ideas about news articles.
Your Checklist (the judges will be amazed if you use this checklist before submitting your work):
- Did I plan out my news article before I began writing?
- Does my article look and sound like the news?
- Do I hook my reader, in the very beginning, with all of the important information (who, what, when, where, why and how)?
- Did I use any quotes about my news story?
- Do I really understand what I am writing about?
- Did I make sure that my reader knows about the news story in the best way?
- Is there any way I can connect my news article to another important topic? This will show my readers that I am really thinking about why this matters.
- Does my writing make sense?
- Did I check for spelling, periods, capitals and any mistakes?
- Do I like my final work?
- Did I do my very best?
Happy writing! We can’t wait to receive all of the wonderful submissions!
p.s. Submissions may be featured on both blogs! 🙂