Summit Academy Writing Contest: "Dare To"
Dear Students and Parents,
This is the final week to participate in Summit Academy’s annual writing contest. I am extremely proud of how much the class has improved with their writing. It’s fun for me to think about the first month of school when we struggled to write a paragraph. Now we are able to write 5-paragraph, thesis-driven essays with hooks and topic sentences. We’ve also learned to write haikus, couplets, and other types of poems, as well as descriptive personal narratives.
The theme for this year’s writing contest is “Dare to.” We have spent time in class discussing what this means and brainstorming ideas for what to write about. The great thing about a writing contest is that there is no specific type of writing that is required. I encourage you to write narratives, informational essays, poems, and comics. Make sure you follow the theme by writing about times when you have dared to face your fears, try something new, be yourself, or stand up for what’s right. It could even be about a time when you’ve worked hard to overcome a fear of your least favorite subject in school—whatever helps you connect to the theme. We also discussed the possibility of writing poems or articles about historical figures who have dared to do something significant. I’ve included some links to some articles and websites to help with brainstorming. Let me know if you have any questions, and happy writing!
Dr. Martin Luther King Dared to Dream: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/dare-dream/543016
Ken Nesbitt’s Poetry Lessons: https://www.poetry4kids.com/lessons/poetry-writing-lessons/
Ralph Fletcher’s Tips for Young Writers: http://ralphfletcher.com/tips-young-readers/
Read, Write, Think – Personal Narratives: http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/tips-howtos/help-child-write-story-a-30593.html