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ESSAY WRITING

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CREATIVE COMPOSITION

Themes for essays, short stories, and poetry may be evangelistic, inspirational, Biblical, Christian growth, patriotic, or historical.

Please write the THEME of the essay, short story, and poetry on the Judges Forms where indicated.

ESSAY WRITING

NONPERFORMANCE EVENT

Refer to the HINTS FROM THE ESSAY WRITING JUDGES before beginning your

essay.

A contestant chooses a topic and writes a paper.

1. A good essay will use facts, arguments, examples, and illustrations that allow the reader to

persuade himself of the truth he is reading.

2. The essay must have been written after termination of the previous International Student

Convention and must be the original work of the student.

3. The essay must be accompanied by a written outline that the student used to organize the

essay. (For suggested outline format, please reference English PACE 1097, pages 25-31.)

4. Plagiarism of any kind will automatically disqualify the entry. Any borrowed material

(statements and/or ideas) must be properly noted.

5. A significant portion of the essay must be written during school hours to verify authenticity.

6. One entry per contestant.

Understanding Essay Writing

An essay is a written composition governed by one controlling idea called the thesis. This thesis

should be supported by at least three main points. In order to make the essay interesting and

persuasive, each main point should be explained with specific examples, illustrations, facts,

quotations, etc. Give careful attention that the essay includes an interesting introduction, with

the thesis given in the last sentence of that introduction. The essay should end with a clear note

of finality, with the conclusion reiterating the main points covered in the composition. All sides

of the argument must be handled, not just the writers opinion. For tips on Essay Writing,

reference English III PACE 1126, pages 25-26.

6/30/2009 II - 25

Checklist for Essay Writing:

1. Length500-700 words

2. FormatComputer or typewriter, double-spaced on plain white paper; one full inch margin

on all sides. On a computer use 10- to 12-point type and a letter-quality printer.

Recommended fonts: Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial. No heavy, bold, or fancy

fonts. On a typewriter a 50-space line equals 10 words; a 60-space line equals 12 words.

3. OutlineSubmit essay outline (typed) with entry.

4. CopiesThree (3) copies of essays must be submitted as an early entry. All copies are to be

inserted in a clear plastic page protector with the student's name, school name, customer

number, school address, and telephone number clearly visible on the front of EACH copy.

At Regional Student Convention, TWO COPIES OF THE ESSAY AND JUDGES FORMS

WILL BE RETURNED. Entries submitted for competition at International Student

Convention WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

5. Creative Composition Affidavit (CF28) is attached to entry and properly signed. You will

need three (3) copies of the Creative Composition Affidavit form; attach one copy to

each copy of your essay.

6. Three (3) JUDGE'S FORMS (CF25) required for Regional and International Convention.

Topics

COMPOSITIONS ARE NOT LIMITED TO THESE TITLES; these are merely ideas.

1. America Needs Christian Education

2. Repentance, Revival, and Reformation

3. What Is a Christian School?

4. The Fear of God: Antidote to Humanism

5. America Needs Godly Leadership

6. Biblical Requirements for Christian Leadership

7. The Character Qualities of a True Leader

8. What One Man Can Do for His Country

9. Duties of Responsible Christian Citizenship

10. Christians Need Biblical Convictions

11. What Is Success?

12. The Cost of Christian Discipleship

13. Do We Have Rights or Responsibilities?

14. Keys for a Reformation

15. Determining America's Course

16. Freedom's Last Choice

17. Because You Are Right

18. Christian Political Responsibility

19. Why Sit We Here Until We Die?

20. Essential Traits of Christian Leadership

21. Three Ways to Bring Reform to America

22. Theistic Education: How to Reach America

23. New Laws or New People

24. Freedom Is ...

25. Can You Legislate Morality?

26. The Change Has Begun: We Must Finish the Fight

27. The Umbrella of Parental Authority

28. Meekness Is Strength

29. PurityMotives, Values, Principles, Character, and Habits

30. Abortion Is Murder

HINTS FROM THE ESSAY WRITING JUDGES

Read over the Judge's Form before writing. Judges look for organization and persuasiveness in

essays. Begin your entry with a strong thesis clearly stated in the first paragraph; then follow

through logically, smoothly, and persuasively to support that thesis. Use your own idea and

avoid clichés or generalizations that are not supported by examples or illustrations. Quotes

are a good way to support a thesis but should be used sparingly; the judges are interested in what

you have to say. Careful attention should be given to organization, and your outline will be a

valuable tool to keep ideas flowing in the proper order. Judges also look at the technical merits

of the piece. Writing should be in the third person unless you have a specific reason for using

first or second person. PROOF YOUR WORK! The essay should be neat and free of typing,

spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors. Watch for pronoun/antecedent agreement,

wordiness and redundancies, parallelism, and point-of-view shifts. Be careful not to go over the

length limit. It would not be equitable for judges to allow you more space than they allow your

competitors. Finish with a strong, closing statement. Refer to English PACEs 1126 and 1127

for suggestions.

Judge's Form Essay Writing

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