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


Meet October's Spotlight Winner: Adrian C!

For the Life Story Contest (October 2017) students were asked to create a timeline displaying the life of someone or something they found interesting. Adrian’s slideshow timeline caught my eye right away. The subject was unique: the life of a human-like robot named Asimo. Each slide detailed an important milestone in Asimo's "life," as engineers created versions of Aimso with more and more human-like features, such as the ability to walk up stairs, the addition of an upper body, and the capacity to carry objects. Adrian even considered what the Asimo of the future might be able to do—greet aliens and show them around Earth!

Adrian's winning entry was creative, clearly presented, and well-researched. I had never heard of Asimo before, and by the end of Adrian’s slideshow, I felt like I really understood Asimo’s life and was excited for his future!



It's not too late to enter the December/January contests and win great prizes!
Check out the list of current contests here.

Anna Starecheski


One of my favorite parts of my job is managing student writing contests. We get so many fantastic entries, and it's truly a joy to read them! We love to recognize our winners and their hard work, and thus the Student Writer Spotlight was born. For each issue of the magazine, Scope's Contest Coordinator McKenzie Schwark and I choose one winner to celebrate here on the Scope Ideabook. We hope that this will both encourage your students to enter future contests and provide you with some great examples of successful entries.


Without further ado, meet our Spotlight winner: Lucia T!

Lucia submitted a great entry to Scope's Tucker contest for the September 2017 fiction story "Into the Storm." Students were asked to answer the following question: What does Tucker have in common with Richard Etheridge? Lucia answered in a very well-organized and beautifully written essay. Great job, Lucia! Click on the image below to read it.



Have your students enter next month's contest and 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.


Hi teachers!

We are so excited that one of our favorite writers, Gordon Korman, author of Restart and Swindle, is joining us for this year's Write-a-Story contest! Gordon wrote three first lines to stories that do not exist. Your students choose their favorite line and use it to begin their own short stories. We encourage you to get started with your class now, so that your students have plenty of time to revise as you explore the elements of fiction, including plot, character, setting.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018. (The winner will be announced online in July 2018.)

To help you, we’ve put together a wonderful set of resources:

Also, check out this delightful video in which Gordon reveals what he’s looking for in a short story and offers some awesome writing tips.

The winning student will receive $100. We’re also offering YOU a prize. If one of your students wins, you will get a free one-year subscription to Scope for your class and a class set of Gordon’s wonderful novel Restart. For more, visit the contest page.

We hope that all your students will be inspired by Gordon’s first lines!
Use #ScopeContest to share with us the amazing stories that your students create.