• 2020 American Founders’ Month Writing Contest

     

     

    Throughout 2020, the United States is celebrating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured women's constitutional right to vote.  This centennial is an opportunity to elevate women's history and to commemorate a milestone of American democracy. Although the term "Founding Fathers" traditionally refers to the men involved in winning the American Revolution and writing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, women played an important role in establishing the United States of America that we know today.

    Which woman should be celebrated as America's most important founder?

    The women below are only suggestions—feel free to choose another woman or group after completing your own research.

                          -Abigail Adams                                                           -Hannah Adams                                                   -Mary McLeod Bethune

                              -Alice Paul                                                                  -Ida B. Wells                                                         -Mercy Otis Warren

                           -Charlotte Ray                                                     -Judith Sargent Murray                                         -National American Woman

                    -Daughters of Liberty                                                      -Lydia Darragh                                                        Suffrage Association

                      -Deborah Sampson                                                   -Madam C.J. Walker                                              -National Woman's Party

                         -Dolley Madison                                          -Margaret Corbin (Molly Pitcher)                                          -Phillis Wheatley

                  -Elizabeth Cady Stanton                                              -Martha Washington                                                     -Sojourner Truth

                    -Esther DeBerdt Reed                                               -Mary Ann Shadd Cary                                                  -Susan B. Anthony

                      -Fannie Lou Hamer                                              -Mary Katherine Goddard                                                 -Sybil Ludington

    Guidelines

    Essays must be between 300-500 words in length.

    Only one entry per student and each entry must be the work of only one student.

    Essay entries cannot have already been published.

    Any essays found to be plagiarized will be automatically disqualified.

    Submissions

    Please submitted your essay using the link below by 5:00PM on Monday, September 28.

                                                   https://tinyurl.com/2020FoundersWriting

    OR 

    Essays may be sent via district courier, email, or mail to:

    MCPS Curriculum & Instruction

    Attention: Lindsey Barber

    1614 E. Fort King Street Ocala,

    FL 34471

    lindsey.barber@marion.k12.fl.us

     

    Judging Rubric

     

    Essay Category

     

    5 points

     

    3 points

     

    1 point

    Score for

    Each Row

     

     

    Focus & Detail

    There is one clear, well focused topic that addresses all portions of the prompt. Main ideas are clear and are well supported by detailed and accurate information.

    There is one clear, well focused topic. Main ideas are clear but are not well supported by detailed information.

    Little or random focus on the prompt. Missing main ideas, vague and rambling.

     

     

     

    Ideas &

    Explanations

    Ideas and explanations are insightful, thorough, convincing, and supported by a variety of compelling evidence that appeals to logic and emotion.

    Ideas and explanations are mostly understandable and on topic, but evidence is limited and explanations are often too simple, obvious, brief, vague or illogical.

    Ideas and explanations are absent, irrelevant, unsupported by evidence, or incomprehensible.

     

     

     

    Style & Voice

    The writing is a “pleasure to read” – graceful, uncluttered, rich, and vivid.

    The writing is functional but sentence variety and vocabulary are limited or style is lively but wordy.

    The writing has serious flaws in that the sentences are hard to understand or essay is too short to judge.

     

     

    Grammar &

    Mechanics

    Errors are rare or absent.

    Errors are frequent and sometimes obstruct meaning.

    Errors are pervasive and obstruct meaning or essay is too short to judge grammar and mechanics.

     

     

     

     

    2020 American Founders’ Month Visual Art Contest 

      

    Background

    Throughout 2020, the United States is celebrating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured women's constitutional right to vote.  This centennial is an opportunity to elevate women's history and to commemorate a milestone of American democracy. Although the term "Founding Fathers" traditionally refers to the men involved in winning the American Revolution and writing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, women played an important role in establishing the United States of America that we know today.

    Theme

     

    Celebrate America, Celebrate the Founding Mothers!

     

    Guidelines

     

    • Visual art projects may be submitted by any Marion County School student in one of the following categories: o Grades K-2 o Grades 3-5 o Grades 6-8 o Grades 9-12

     

    • Entries must be on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
    • Any medium is permitted; however digital media should be printed.
    • Only one entry per student and each entry must be the work of only one student.
    • All entries must be original work.
    • Any entry found to be plagiarized will be automatically disqualified. v Entries will be judged using the attached rubric.

     

     

    2020 American Founders’ Month Visual Art Contest 

      

    Judging Rubric

     

    Visual Art

    Category

     

    5 points

     

    3 points

     

    1 point

    Score for

    Each Row

     

     

    Adherence to the theme

    The entry clearly expresses the theme of “The Symbols of American Freedom”

    The entry is related to the theme but does not clearly express it.

     Little to no focus on the theme

     

     

     

    Originality

    Ideas are original, creative, and thought provoking.

    Ideas are mostly original but show some lack of creativity though still related to the theme.

    Lack of creativity, generic images of American symbols

     

     

     

    Artistic

    Skill/Quality

    Artist exhibits advanced art skills. The image is high quality and clear.

    Artist exhibits solid skill, image quality less clear.

    Low quality image showing lack of artistic skill.

     

     

    Judge’s Comments:

    2020 American Founders’ Month Visual Art Contest

    ENTRY FORM

    2020 American Founders’ Visual Art Contest

    I wish to enter the Marion County School District American Founders’ Month Visual Art Contest in the following category:

    Grades K-2

               Grades 3-5            Grades 6-8    Grades 9-12

    Student # Student Grade Level

    Name of Student

    School

    Teacher Name

    Essays may be sent via district courier, email, or mail to:

    MCPS Curriculum & Instruction

    Attention: Lindsey Barber

    1614 E. Fort King Street

    Ocala, FL 34471 lindsey.barber@marion.k12.fl.us

    Entries must be received at MCPS Curriculum & Instruction by 5:00PM on Tuesday, September 29.