Student Writer Spotlight: Mia


We get so many wonderful entries to our student writing contests! As Scopes Contest Coordinator, I get to choose one winning contest entry each month to celebrate here on the Scope Ideabook. I hope that sharing these entries with your students will encourage them to enter future contests and provide them with some helpful examples of successful entries.


Meet Scope's March 2018 Spotlight Winner: Mia T.!

The March nonfiction feature “Blood, Smoke, and Freedom” tells the riveting true story of 15-year-old Joseph Plumb Martin who fought in the Revolutionary War. For this contest, students were asked to imagine that they are Joseph Plumb Martin, writing a letter to a cousin about whether the cousin should join the army. Mia did a great job creating a unique character voice in her letter, and she used lots of information from the article to give her cousin advice and an honest picture of life as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was a letter written in the 1700s! You can read Mia’s letter below.


One of Your Students Could Be the Next Winner!
Don’t forget to have your students enter next month’s contests. One of them could be our next Spotlight Winner! To discover current Scope contests and great prizes, click here. And go here for a list of helpful contest tips.


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