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Spring 2013 :: YES! National Student Writing Competition   Facebook Like button Twitter Follow button

Dear Educators,

As you plan your spring 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 “YESsays” 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 spring, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “A Month Without Monsanto,” by April Dávila. April’s story is about the confidence she developed from knowing what she is eating. After April learned of the possible health effects related to eating genetically modified corn from Monsanto, she had an insatiable need to know more. She wondered where exactly Monsanto corn existed in her family’s diet, and where her food came from. Genetically modified organisms, commonly referred to as “GMOs,” are organisms in which the genetic material or DNA has been altered in a way that doesn't occur naturally.

Your students will have plenty to write about as they reflect on what matters to them about the food they eat.

The deadline for registration is April 27. Essays must be submitted no later than May 18.

Register today! Teachers who submit essays will be entered into a drawing to win a complete set of 23 YES! posters valued at $66.

Learn about details and register today.

Please join us!

Jing FongBest,
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The YES! National Student Writing Competition is an opportunity for middle school through university students to write for a real audience—not just you, the teacher—and the chance to be published by an award-winning magazine.

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.


How to Enter the Spring 2013 Competition

  • Who is eligible? You must be a middle school through university classroom educator—homeschool cooperatives and resource centers included—teaching in the United States.
  • Register for the competition no later than April 27.
  • Have your students read the YES! article, “A Month without Monsanto” by April Dávila.
  • Your students should write an essay of up to 700 words answering the questions: April Dávila discovered that around 70 percent of processed foods on American supermarket shelves contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Does this concern you? What matters most to you about the food you eat?
  • This essay meets Common Core State Standards W.9-10.3 and W.9-10.4 for Writing, and RI.9-10.1 and RI.9-10.2 for Reading: Informational Text.*
    *This standard applies to other grade levels. “9-10” was used as an example.
  • Teachers may submit up to three student essays per classroom. Students may not independently enter their essays. Deadline for submitting essays is May 18.


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