Black History Month Contest Guidelines

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for all categories

1st place $25.00 Shark Closet credits

2nd place $15.00 Shark Closet credits

3rd place $10.00 Shark Closet Credits

 

This year’s theme is “Were Are Because They Were.”

 

Essay Contest:

Essays will be judged using the following criteria:

  1. Well-developed thesis or central point that is original, striking, and substantial.
  2. The thesis addresses the contest’s theme and focuses on how one African American has made a difference in the lives of others.
  3. The essay is organized and well-structured with paragraphs that are unified and coherent.  Each supporting paragraph has a controlling idea (which may be expressed as a topic sentence).
  4. The essay is virtually error free.
  5. Essays are due by Friday, 2/19/16.   Students may give their essay to their English teacher, their reading teacher, Ms. Smith in the Media Center, Mrs. Riddle in the front office, or Mrs. Garrett in room 6-203.

Book Mark Contest Guidelines: Templates can be obtained from any English Teacher, Mrs. Smith in the Media center, or Mrs. Garrett in the Academic Coaching office, room 6-203.

 

Book Marks will be judged using the following criteria:

  1. The book mark addresses the theme, “We Are Because They Were” and focuses on a noted African American author.
  2. The art work is original and creative.
  3. The work is free of errors and is aesthetically pleasing.
  4. Bookmarks are due by Friday, 2/19/16.   Students may give their bookmarks to their English teacher, their reading teacher, Ms. Smith in the Media Center, Mrs. Riddle in the front office, or Mrs. Garrett in room 6-203.

Poetry/Rap Contest Guidelines:

Poetry or Rap will be judged using the following criteria:

  1. The poem or rap addresses the theme, “We Are Because They Were,” and focuses on a noted African American.
  2. Student’s use of vocabulary is creative and vivid and paints a strong clear and complete picture in the reader’s mind.
  3. The poem or rap has appropriate spelling, grammar, and punctuation; contains few, if any, errors that do not interfere with the reader’s understanding.
  4. Effectively uses poetic techniques to reinforce the theme.
  5. All poems or raps are due to Mrs. Fordham in Room 5-210 by 2/19/16.