A writing and drawing contest open to all students in Grades 3-12...
You could win a gift certificate to Gulf of Maine Books (Brunswick), or the PBS On-line Store!
NEW THIS YEAR: Winners will also receive a Complimentary One-Day Pass from Maine State Parks
Entry Deadline March 30th, 2012
(Winners will be announced by May 31st, 2012).
NEW ON-LINE FORM FOR READ, WRITE & WIN REVIEWS
Click on this link to see how to submit your review on-line this year:
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Read winners' reviews from 2011
Read winners' reviews from 2010
How to participate in 2012
2011 Read, Write and Win - Award Winners
Congratulations to all of our winners, and many thanks to all who participated!
Grade 3 - Reviews
1st place Rachel B., Brunswick, ME
2nd place Abby M., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
3rd place Pearl S., Longfellow, Brunswick, ME
Grade 3 - Illustrations
1st place Alec H., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
2nd place Mackenzie D., Longfellow, Brunswick, ME
3rd place Jenna R., St. Johns, Brunswick, ME
Grade 4 - Reviews
1st place Sydney G., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
2nd place Anna C., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
3rd place Carolyn F, East Dixfield, ME
Grade 4 - Illustrations
1st place Nick D., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
2nd place Zoe S., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
3rd place Ella M., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
Grade 5 - Reviews
1st place Sean S., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
2nd place Thomas M., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
3rd place Jason A., Lewiston, ME
Grade 5 - Illustrations
1st place Thomas M., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
2nd place Sophia K., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
3rd place Sean S., St. John's, Brunswick, ME
Grade 6 - Reviews
1st place Allie B., Brunswick, ME
2nd place Dominic F., East Dixfield, ME
3rd place Kyle A., Lewiston, ME
Grade 7 - Reviews
1st place Sam D., Greely MS, Cumberland, ME
2nd place Claire N., Greely MS, Cumberland, ME
3rd place Oliver W., Greely MS, Cumberland, ME
Grade 7 - Illustration
1st place Blaine V., Greely MS, Cumberland, ME
Grade 8 - Reviews
1st place Abigail M., Doughty School, Bangor, ME
2nd place Sarah M., Mahoney MS, South Portland, ME
3rd place PJ L., Doughty School, Bangor, ME
Grade 9 - Illustrations
1st place Emelia V-S., Yarmouth HS, Yarmouth, ME
2nd place Chapin D., Yarmouth HS, Yarmouth, ME
Grade 9 - Reviews
1st place Amelia F., Yarmouth HS, Yarmouth, ME
2nd place Jasper H., Yarmouth HS, Yarmouth, ME
3rd place Braden B., Yarmouth HS, Yarmouth, ME
Grade 10 - none
Grade 11 - Reviews
1st place Liam C., Greely HS, Cumberland, ME
2nd place Lena C., Greely HS, Cumberland, ME
3rd place Maggie N., Greely HS, Cumberland, ME
Grade 12 - Reviews
1st place Alex P. , Greely HS, Cumberland, ME
2nd place Becca L., Greely HS, Cumberland, ME
3rd place Michelle K., Greely HS, Cumberland, ME
Would you like to participate this year?
Here are the guidelines (to be for 2012):
1. Select a book from the Cornerstones of Science website list. (Look at the Books & Reviews links at the top of the column to your left on this page!). Or talk to your librarian for more suggestions.
2. Get a copy of the book.
3. Read the book.
While you are reading, jot down brief notes about what you find most interesting.
By each note, write the book's page number, so you can go back to the information later
Enjoy the creative process as you read and write your review. Have fun!
4. Write your review.
All reviews must be written in English.
Judges' Advice: A creative, well-written, and interesting review garners more points than a review that reads as a check-list of the requirements.
Write your name, grade, school address & teacher OR parent's names & home address at the bottom of the review.
Read past winning reviews posted on our website.
5. You may also draw to win.
- Submit an original illustration inspired by the book (on 8-1/2x 11 inch paper).
- NOTE: Do not just copy an illustration from the book. Draw your own idea.
- Attach a short paragraph explaining why the book inspired you to draw.
- Write your name, grade, school address & teacher OR parent's names & home address on the back of the illustration.
6. Submit your entry by March 30, 2012 to our new on-line entry form:
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any trouble with the on-line entry form, you may email your entry to susan.ryan@ cornerstonesofscience.com. Please write "Read, Write and Win 2012" in subject line of your e-mail.
Do not compress or zip your file, please send as a Word, Rich text or PDF document
On-line submission is preferred. You will receive acknowledgement of receipt.
Artwork may be sent electronically (scanned and file attached).
To mail your artwork submission, send it to:
Read, Write & Win Contest
Cornerstones of Science
PO Box 955
Brunswick, ME 04011
This contest is open to youth in 3rd through 12th grades. Participate on your own or with your class, homeschool, library, or club. Entries must be in English.
Winners will be announced by news release and posted on the website. A gift certificate to a local bookstore will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in each grade level. Winning reviews will be posted on-line at the Cornerstones of Science website: www.cornerstonesofscience.org. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
How to write the book review:
Please use the standard writing format of introduction, body & conclusion. We recommend keeping your review to a page and no more than 300 words. Use the information below to help guide your writing, but remember to use your own words and be creative. In choosing your book, note that you may choose a science-related book that is not currently a Cornerstones Nominee, but please include your reasons for nominating it in your review.
- Brief overview of the book and your overall impression.
- Include title and author
JUDGES TIP #1: Be especially creative at the start of your review... remember it is with these first several sentences that you are trying to grab the attention of the reader.
- Explain your opinion with several examples.
- Use your own words to tell what you liked and disliked about the book.
- Discuss the illustrations or pictures, if included. Do you have suggestions for improving them?
- Is a glossary, list of additional related reading, or sources for more information included in the book? If so, was this information useful to you?
- Tell more about what you learned from the book and what it was about.
JUDGES TIP #2: Is there a fun fact, or a great bit of information that others would find interesting too? If so, tell us. Tell us how reading the book made you feel... did it amaze you, or make you ask more questions and wonder about the topic? Tell us!
JUDGES TIP #3: Read other book reviews - in the newspaper, in magazines, and online. What information do you expect to get out of them? What do you enjoy most about reading them? Create your own review-writing style by learning what you like most about other writer's book reviews.
Judges Reminder: A creative, well-written, and interesting book review garners more points than a review that reads as a check-list of the requirements.