NY Times Student Editorial Contest
APRIL 4th DEADLINE
Every day during the school year we invite teenagers to share their opinions about questions like these — on topics from reality TV to the justice system — and hundreds do, posting arguments, reflections and anecdotes to our Student Opinion feature.
Now, for the fourth year in a row, we’re inviting you to channel that enthusiasm into something a little more formal: short, evidence-based persuasive essays like the editorials The New York Times publishes every day.
The challenge is pretty straightforward. Choose a topic you care about, gather evidence from sources both within and outside of The New York Times, and write a concise editorial (450 words or less) to convince readers of your point of view.Because editorial writing at newspapers is a collaborative process, you can write your entry as a team effort or by yourself. When you’re done, post it in the contest form below by April 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
With our judges, we will then use this rubric (PDF) for selecting winners to publish on The Learning Network.
As teachers know, the persuasive essay has long been a staple of high school education, but the Common Core standards seem to have put evidence-based argumentative writing on everybody’s agenda. You couldn’t ask for a more real-world example of the genre than the classic newspaper editorial — and The Times publishes, on average, four of them a day.
And at a time when breaking out of one’s “filter bubble” is more important than ever, we hope this contest also encourages students to broaden their news diets by using multiple sources, ideally ones that offer a range of perspectives on their chosen issue.
So what issue do you care about? Gun violence? Sexism? Animal testing? You decide, but here are 401 writing prompts that might give you ideas, and here is a link to last year’s winners so you can see what we’re looking for.
Good luck, and please post any questions you might have in the comments and we’ll answer you there.