Young Authors Night

Young Authors Night is a chance for you to show your creativity and writing skills.

There are several options of ways to do this.
The options are detailed below. Click on the links to see the judging rubrics.

Entries will be accepted in a variety of appropriate formats:  essay, letter, oral presentation (or video of), podcast, PowerPoint, digital documentary, etc.

Young Authors’ Night will be held this year on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will culminate our campaign with a dynamic scientific presentation given by Mr. Fish, with his Phenomenal Physics!  

Students with inquisitive and innovative works will be chosen to attend this prestigious event and receive an award by the Superintendent and the Board of Education.  All entries must be submitted by Friday, February 14th, 2020. 

Option 1—CREATIVE:   Shark Tank Presentation! Create, describe and sell an invention that you think will solve a problem in your life or in the lives of others.  Include pictures/diagrams or a prototype of what this invention will look like.

  • Be sure to explain the problem, the physical appearance of the invention, and in an interactive presentation, “sell us” how this invention will alleviate the problem.

Option 2—PERSUASIVE:  Write a persuasive essay on a scientific topic below or choose a controversial scientific topic/issue of your own.

  • What are at least five things that you like about science and scientific experiments? Persuade a friend who dislikes the subject why he/she should change his mind. Share all the wonderful things you like about science.(This could be in a friendly letter format to your friend.)
  • Write about an invention that you think the world would be better off without. Make a claim to why you believe it is such a terrible invention.What harm has it caused mankind? (This could be in a business letter format to a government agency or company.)

Option 3--RESEARCH/EXPLANATORY:  Read about a scientist/inventor, an invention, or a topic in science and share your findings.  Include text features such as a picture, graph or diagram just like a scientist.

  • Think about a famous inventor whom you admire.Why do you admire this person? What qualities does the inventor have that makes him/her special?
  • Consider an invention.Explain the invention and describe how our lives would be different if it had never been invented.
  • Science is all around us--when we do things like cook, ride a bike, or watch TV.  Pick a hobby or activity you do at least once a week and explain how science is involved.

Option 4—OBSERVATION JOURNAL: Observe something in nature over a period of a few hours for several days and keep a journal.   Before you begin, make a prediction, then record dates, times and track changes.  Summarize your findings.

  • Be sure to use appropriate headings, scientific vocabulary, and diagrams and labels when necessary.

Entries will be accepted in a variety of appropriate formats:  essay, letter, oral presentation (or video of), podcast, PowerPoint, digital documentary, etc.

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