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Fall 2012 :: YES! National Student Writing Competition  

Dear Educators,

As you plan your fall curriculum, consider including the YES! National Student Writing Competition. Teachers tell us that the contest—which meets Common Core Standards—raises the quality of student writing and gives students the courage to share their stories and opinions. Students are motivated because they know that editors from a real magazine will review their work.

Winning essays will be featured on the YES! Magazine website and in our online education newsletter, reaching thousands of YES! readers, including over 26,000 teachers.

We run the YES! National Student Writing Competition three times a year—essentially each school quarter.

This fall, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “Living Large in a Tiny House,” by Dee Williams. Dee’s story is about why she chose to move from her 3-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house. Your students will have plenty to write about as they reflect on the definition of their ideal home.

The deadline for registration is October 19. Essays must be submitted by November 21.

Register today! Teachers who submit essays will be entered into a drawing to win a complete set of 18 YES! posters valued at $54.

Learn about details and registration.

Hope you’ll join us!

Jing FongBest,
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Quill pen graphic Motivate Student Writing, Meet Common Core Standards

Each quarter, students are invited to read and write an essay on a selected YES! Magazine article. We divide contestants into four categories: middle school, high school, university, and Powerful Voice (for authors whose essays are powerful and passionate). Winning essays in each category are published on the YES! Magazine website and in our online education newsletter.    MORE »

Dee Williams Porch How to Enter the Fall 2012 Competition

  • You must be a classroom teacher—homeschool cooperatives and resource centers included—for your students to participate.
  • Register for the competition no later than October 19.
  • Have your students read the YES! article, “Living Large in a Tiny House,” by Dee Williams. Dee’s story is about why she chose to move from her 3-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house—a place where she keeps no more than 300 items and has never been happier.
  • Your students should write an essay of up to 700 words answering the question, “If you had the choice, what size house would you live in? What are important features your house would have, and what would you intentionally avoid?” This essay meets Common Core State Standards for grades 6-12: W.3 and W.4 for Writing, and RI.1 for Reading: Informational Text.
  • Teachers may submit up to three student essays per classroom. Students may not independently enter their essays. Deadline for submission is November 21.
READ Living Large in a Tiny House »
LEARN Competition details and how to sign up »
EXPLORE Essays from previous competition winners »

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