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Our 3rd Annual Personal Narrative Writing Contest

Our 3rd Annual Personal Narrative Writing Contest

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Below are answers to your questions about writing, judging, the rules and teaching with this contest. Please read these thoroughly and, if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, post your query in the comments or write to us at LNFeedback@nytimes.com.Questions About WritingWhat is a personal narrative?For this contest, we’re defining a personal narrative…
Runners-Up From Our 8th Annual Student Editorial Contest

Runners-Up From Our 8th Annual Student Editorial Contest

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One study in 2008 was able to capture this: When given a word puzzle to solve, the participants who exercised defensive pessimism did better while under a “threat motivational state”: when they were made to imagine what could go wrong, or the consequences of doing poorly. And on the flip side, their performance actually worsened…
Our 12th Annual Summer Reading Contest

Our 12th Annual Summer Reading Contest

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Every year since 2010, The Learning Network has invited teenagers around the world to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists. So far, more than 70,000 have done so.If you are looking for ways to offer students more “voice and choice,” we hope our open-ended contest can help. Every week, we ask…
Our Fourth Annual Student Podcast Contest

Our Fourth Annual Student Podcast Contest

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Note: Register for our live webinar on March 25 about teaching with this podcast contest.Do you listen to podcasts to find out what’s happening throughout the world? Or do you tune in to learn about sports, music or films — or simply to be entertained? Do you prefer shows with one host or multiple hosts?…
Our Eighth Annual Student Editorial Contest

Our Eighth Annual Student Editorial Contest

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Sign up now for our free Feb. 11 webinar about this year’s contest, Teaching Argumentative Writing.What makes you mad?What would you like to see change?What do you wish more people understood?Over the last seven years, tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world have answered these questions in the form of short opinion essays…
The Winners of Our 2nd Annual Personal Narrative Contest

The Winners of Our 2nd Annual Personal Narrative Contest

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That day, a boy told me he liked my hair.I immediately understood this boy to be The One. He flirted with me more than he flirted with other girls, and sometimes even looked at me while I spoke. I wrote him love letters in the form of homework questions that could easily have been answered…
Our 2nd Annual STEM Writing Contest

Our 2nd Annual STEM Writing Contest

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Do I need a Works Cited page?Yes. We provide you with a separate field to list the sources you used to write your essay. You’re allowed to format your list however you want; we will not judge your entry based on formatting in this section. Internal citations are not necessary.Can I have someone else check…
Our 6th Annual Student Review Contest

Our 6th Annual Student Review Contest

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But many of the things you once had to experience in person, you can now experience online, and you can review any of those that fit into the categories of expression outlined above. Stream a theatrical performance, visit a virtual art gallery, watch dance on YouTube or laugh at comedy on Zoom. Remember, your digital…
Our Eighth Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge

Our Eighth Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge

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Please don’t forget: Every year, we have to disqualify many participants who fail to heed these three rules.3. Work alone, with a partner or in a group.4. Only one submission per student.If you submit as part of a group, you cannot enter separately as an individual.5. Your video should be no more than 15 seconds,…

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