Requirements

The 2015-16 Teacher Packet (pdf) contains all of the instructions & forms necessary to involve your students in the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge. Select your city to download.

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TEACHER PACKETS
All of the information that teachers require for the 2015-16 Do the Write Thing Challenge is now available in a two-packet format. See your Challenge Site to download.

Requirements for Authoring an Essay - Student

  1. How has violence affected my life?
  2. What are the causes of youth violence?
  3. What can I do about youth violence?
  1. The Student/Parent Consent Form, completed and signed.
  2. The original essay.

Requirements for Submitting Essays - Teachers

*Please follow all of the above requirements for essay submission.

Classroom Discussion

Classroom discussion is not a requirement for participating in the Challenge. However, candid discussions have proved to be beneficial. Classroom discussion provides an opportunity for educators to learn about problems simmering in school before the problems become crises.

Following are some questions to generate discussion among your students before they prepare their entries for the Challenge:

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged by a panel of volunteer community readers recruited by the DtWT Texas Challenge committee. The entries are then read by a committee of business, community and government leaders (the Executive Committee Reader Panel). Grammar and spelling will not be used as criteria for judging the entries.

Entries will be judged on the basis of content, originality, and the most thought provoking and responsiveness to these 3 questions:

  1. How has violence affected my life?
  2. What are the causes of youth violence?
  3. What can I do about youth violence?
Students should be encouraged to share personal experiences about the impact of violence on their lives and the lives of their peers. Personal responsibility for responding to the problem of youth violence should be emphasized.