Authentic Practice with the Writing Process
Scholastic’s Kids are Authors Contest is an annual contest for grades K-8 designed to motivate young authors to use their reading, writing, and artistic skills to create and publish their own books. Students are encouraged to work in teams of three or more to write and illustrate their own fiction or non-fiction book.
This contest is an excellent way to provide authentic practice with the writing process. Students will feel motivated to work together in their group to draft, edit, revise and publish their writing and illustrations. One fiction book and one non-fiction book will be chosen to be published by Scholastic and sold at book fairs around the country.
Fiction and Non-Fiction Winners
By May 31, 2010 two grand prize winners (one fiction and one non-fiction) and 25 honorable mentions will be selected. Grand Prize winning teams will receive $5000 in merchandize from the Scholastic Book Fairs Instructional Resource Catalog to the school of their choice as well as 100 copies of their published book, framed award certificates, and gold medallions. Winners that receive honorable mention will receive $500 in merchandize from the Scholastic Book Fairs Instructional Resource Catalog to the school of their choice as well as award certificates.
How to Get Started
Scholastic recommends this process to get started:
- Introduce the program by reading books from past winners.
- Form small groups centered around student interest of 3 or more students to work together on the contest.
- Focus on books and authors by reading a variety of authors and illustrators. Compare and contrast their author styles, author’s purpose. Review story elements such as plot, theme, and characters.
- Provide idea starters for your students. What characters do you want to include? Where does the story take places? What is the time period? What will happen in the story? Is there a problem or conflict? What is the purpose of the story? What response do you want from the reader? How will the problem be resolved? What is the theme of your story?
- I recommend going over the rules and regulations with students ahead of time before students begin drafting their story.
All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2010. Click here for the entry form to get started today.
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