Black History Writing Contest

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“African Americans Pioneers: We’ve come a long way”
Maya Angelou Public Charter Middle School Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all 6th through 18th grade students. Three winners will be selected: one 6th grader, one 7th grader, and one 8th grader. Students will be selected February 27th. Grade 7 and 8

Have students write about whether they think there is still racism in the United States today. Ask them to give specific examples. Have them compare and contrast the types of racist acts or rhetoric and prejudices that continue today with those from before the civil rights movement. Give students the option of reflecting on any personal experiences with racism as they write. Students could talk about how they have felt when experiencing racism if they identify their own experiences, or to explore how racism has made others feel as they are discussing their examples. (self awareness, social Awareness, empathy) Grade 6

Ask students to explore their own feelings or have them imagine themselves as someone from the past who can shed light on an aspect of African American history. Have the students write as those people, capturing the voice, context and issues of the persons they choose. This prompt seems to lend itself primarily to empathy as they are writing from the perspective of someone else. They should explore the other persons thoughts and feelings

GUIDELINES
1. Each entry must be between 250-500 words (1-2 pages), typed or print handwritten (preferably typed), double-spaced and submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper. No cursive writing will be accepted. 

2. Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. 

3. Essay must include the student’s name, student’s grade, ELA teacher, and cluster information. 4. Qualifying entries must reflect the contest theme.

5. ALL essay entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
• Must answer the question
• Strong Introduction and Use Supporting Details •...
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