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Free to: Citizen Writer writing challenge

The first amendment to the Constitution guarantees U.S. citizens five important freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Freedom of Assembly, and the Right to Petition. We want you to exercise your freedom with this prompt. Write a short essay or article about an issue that is important to you. Demonstrate your knowledge of the topic and use persuasive language to build a strong case for your point of view. Note: this essay/article can be about an issue that is important to you, to your local community, or the whole country.

Submission guidelines

  • Deadline: April 30, 2011
  • e-mail a Word doc or PDF of your essay or article.
  • Subject line for your e-mail: 2011 Writing Contest
  • Include your name, age, grade level, and address with your submission.
  • If you are not able to e-mail the essay or article, please send a hard copy to:
    Reading Rockets
    WETA Public Television
    2775 S. Quincy St.
    Arlington, VA 22206

Common Core Standards

  • Range of Writing
  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

See Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (2MB PDF)*

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