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January 2013 :: Writing Competition   Facebook Like button Twitter Follow button


Dear Educators,

Don’t miss your chance to register for the Winter 2013 YES! National Student Writing Competition. The deadline is this Wednesday, January 30.

The competition is a great way to push your students’ writing—and also meet Common Core Standards. Teachers who submit essays will be entered into a drawing to win a complete set of 23 posters, valued at $66.

Essays are due no later than February 22. Click here for contest details and sign up.

Students will read Akaya Windwood’s story, “What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other” about what it might feel like to live in a world where people don’t acknowledge your existence. The writing prompt for the up-to-700-word essay asks students to imagine they accept Akaya’s invitation to intentionally notice people they would normally ignore. Who would you notice? What would change for you and that person?

The contest is under way, but it’s not too late to sign up. Teachers who already have registered have told me that this prompt gives their students a way to think deeply about kindness and bias.

Hope you’ll join us.



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