Student Essay Contest 2016
The New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) is proud to announce the 2016 Statewide Essay Contest for ELLs/bilingual learners in grades 3-12. All entries must be submitted via US Postal Service no later than Thursday March 31, 2016 to:
43 North Parker Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: The contest is limited to ELL/bilingual learners currently enrolled in bilingual and ENL programs in New York State. Participants must write in English and another language.
ESSAY PROMPT FOR GRADES 3-8:
Speaking, reading and writing in two or more languages are important for our future. Write an essay about being bilingual and biliterate. Please address the following questions:
What does being bilingual and biliterate mean to you today and in the future?
How does being bilingual and biliterate benefit your community?
How does being bilingual and biliterate benefit our world?
ESSAY PROMPT FOR GRADES 9-12:
In the 21st century, being able to effectively communicate in two or more languages is essential to being successful. Write an essay about the importance of being biliterate. Please address the following questions:
Why is being biliterate a valuable asset to our society?
What are the advantages of being biliterate for you personally?
How will these skills open new doors and provide opportunities for you as a member of our global society?
Essay must address the prompt to be eligible for consideration.
The student’s name MUST NOT appear on the essay.
Teachers should assist students to ensure that essay submissions meet the following criteria:
A.Development of the theme: Originality and creativity
B. Content and clarity of expression: Standard grammar and mechanics
Entries may be submitted in the student’s preferred language with a brief summary in the other language. Either the essay or the summary must be in English. Through the essay and summary, students will demonstrate their bilingualism and biliteracy practices.
The essays must be within the following word limits:
Elementary Grades 3 – 5: 200 – 250 words
Intermediate Grades 6 – 8: 250 – 350 words
High School Grades 9 – 12: 350 – 500 words
Record the number of words at the end of the essay.
The essay should be typed and double-spaced; handwritten submission must be legible, in ink and doubled spaced.
Only work done by individual students will be accepted. No group entries will be considered.
PRIZES/ AWARDS: Winning entries may be published in NYSABE’s The Bilingual Times Newsletter. There will be first place winners at each of the grade clusters: 3 – 5, 6 – 8, and 9 – 12.
1st PLACE WINNER: medal and gift of $50
Winners will be notified by April 16, 2016. The awards will be presented on Saturday, May 21, 2016 during the Award Luncheon at the NYSABE 39th Annual Conference, in New York City at the New York University Kimmel Center for Regions I, II, and III; and in Western NY at Niagara University for Regions IV, V, and VI.
JUDGING: Teachers should work with students on the writing process to ensure that their submissions reflect their best efforts and biliteracy practices. Once the submissions are received, a committee of judges, selected by the Committee Chairperson, will rate the entries based on a rubric. This committee will determine 1st place winners in each grade cluster. The committee’s decisions are final.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Submissions must be mailed via US Postal service by Thursday March 31, 2016.
Winners will be notified by April 16, 2016.
SUBMISSIONS: Essays must be submitted via US Postal mail.
For further information please contact: Wilda Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-316-9617
To download the application, click here