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365 Language Arts

Phonics
Spelling
Vocabulary
Grammar
Reading Programs
Writing Programs
competitions
Summer Programs

Phonics

Rocket phonics Rocket Phonics is a research-based, scientifically proven method of teaching reading—multi-sensory and game-based—for children ages 4-10 that takes your child from non-reader to 5th-grade reading level in two years or less!

Sound Town Phonics Sound Town is a phonics-based reading program made up of four units, or stations, that take children from the very beginning of letter recognition all the way through to reading books.

Logic of English Logic of English curriculum is designed to teach reading, writing, spelling, phonics, and grammar to students of all ages in a logical, systematic, and approachable way.

Explore Explode The Code is a research-based, multisensory program geared to improving literacy with direct, systematic, phonics instruction. Explode The Code’s classic print program includes a sequence of skills-based student books with coordinating placement tests and instructional support. Build the essential literacy skills needed for reading success: phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, and spelling with the Explode The Code series.

Reading EGSS Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.

Click n kids ClickN READ Phonics teaches the entire kindergarten to 3rd-grade phonics curriculum taught at USA public schools through 100 interactive cartoon animated online phonics lessons. Any child can learn English, and learn to read correctly, in a phonics game-like environment that is great fun and easy to use.

Star Fall This resource is an early education website offering time-saving tools, resources, and support to expand children’s learning and help all our grown-up users become confident Starfall classroom and home educators. Our goal is to reach out to teachers, parents, guardians, babysitters, homeschooling families—anyone involved in the early education of children—and help you feel supported and excited about your children’s early education.

Go Phonics Systematic, multi-sensory phonics w/LA connects skills with fun practice: 50 phonics fluency games, workbooks, songs, decodable stories… (ideal for dyslexia, RTI). Go Phonics provides the vital K-2 foundational skills. Orton-Gillingham based guided phonics lessons and E-Learning with author Sylvia S. Davison support direct instruction by teachers, tutors, and parents. For all learning styles, Go Phonics was designed to meet the needs of those who struggle, have dyslexia/LLD (language learning difficulties), have gaps, are hands-on learners… and is a strong foundation for ALL beginning readers.

Spelling

 

1. Spellingcity.com Improve your kid’s spelling and vocabulary with games.

2. Clicknspell.com

ClickN SPELL is a research based spelling program for PreK through 5th grade that teaches the 800 most commonly used words in the English language. The program may also be used as an intervention curriculum for struggling spellers regardless of age or grade level.

3. Spell Well Spellwell is based on learning curve research principles are therefore designed for the heterogeneous classroom. Students who spell easily move directly from the pretest to more difficult words, vocabulary enhancement, and extra written expression. Students who are less facile can work with the part of the list based on a single rule or generalization. Meanwhile, the majority of students benefit from learning and reviewing rules at frequent intervals and improve their ability to spell content-area words through direct experience with and observation of the language.

4. Spelling workout series Mastering the ability to spell English words takes a lot of practice and time, but you can help your child get a good start. Modern Curriculum Press (MCP) Spelling Workout is a curriculum for homeschooling that helps you teach spelling in an exciting and hands-on way.

5. Words their way series Based on years of research into invented and developmental spelling, the classroom-proven framework of this successful series is keyed to the five stages of spelling and orthographic development. Teachers everywhere have grown to love its no-nonsense method for studying words. Each stage-specific companion volume features a complete curriculum of reproducible sorts and detailed directions for teachers working with students in each stage of spelling development, from emergent through derivational relations.

6. Natural Speller The only book you will ever need to teach spelling. Teaching strategies include additional tips for use with the learning disabled, and word lists are organized by both sight and sound patterns. Build vocabulary skills with Latin and Greek roots and word lists, and by using the spelling rules to add prefixes and suffixes to root words. Choose from among the suggested activities to include practice with grammar.

7. Spelling Power Your students will use this research-proven program to master the 5,000 most frequently used words. These words are divided into 11 levels based on their frequency of use. Each level of Spelling Power’sscientifically-organized word list is then further organized by phonetic principles and spelling rules.

8. Spell to read and write The Old Schoolhouse Magazine recognized BHI for the outstanding curriculum, Spell to Write & Read, a unified language arts program for all ages and learning styles. Homeschool blogger says, “SWR is used in public and private schools, in many homeschools, and is a favored choice for EFL (English as a Foreign Language) tutoring for dyslexics, and adult literacy programs. Students who have failed with other spelling and reading programs find success with SWR.”

9. Learn that word We build literacy, one word at a time, through free tutoring and rich online resources. We empower people to develop the skills they need to pursue their goals with confidence.

10. Daily spelling practice Daily Spelling Practice teaches students to spell by focusing on sound keys, addressing prefixes and suffixes, working with syllables, and providing practice with spelling confusables and rule-breaking memory words.

11.  Building Spelling Skills Learning to spell correctly will help students have more success in all areas of their education as they advance throughout their years in school. Evan-Moor Building Spelling Skills Book ensures your students will learn to love their daily spelling exercises, as we use a variety of methods for introducing the words that keep students entertained. Students will also learn the meaning of the words, which will help with reading comprehension.

12.  Simplyfun Our games are fun to play, and supplement structured learning with life and educational skill development. They also help parents balance their kids’ screen time with face to face attention and togetherness.
Spelling Contests
1.The Scripps National Spelling bees Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

2. International Spelling Bee International Spelling Bee competitions provide a platform to cater and promote learning through entertainment. Its purpose is to help students improve their spelling and pronunciation, increase their active vocabulary, learn novel concepts and develop usages that will help them face the world. Living in the present scenario where everybody follow the ‘text-speak’, International Spelling Bee competitions focus on reviving a lost tradition. Spellings are and have always been pivotal in learning English – the Lingua Franca.

Vocabulary

1. Wordly Wise Wordly Wise 3000 is the award-winning vocabulary instruction designed to help students expand critical grade-level vocabulary and improve reading comprehension for grade-level literature, content-area reading, textbooks and high-stakes tests.

2. Membean Membean provides guided, engaging, multimodal vocabulary instruction while our Adaptive Reinforcement Engine helps students retain what they learn.

3. Flocabulary The Word Up Project teaches students words that they are likely to encounter on high-stakes tests. Flocabulary’s research team created these word lists by first compiling words from grade-appropriate novels and basal readers (with an emphasis on Tier 2 words). The researchers then analyzed how often these vocabulary words appeared on state tests. The words that appeared most often are the ones taught in The Word Up Project.

4. Take Aim! At vocabulary Actively engage students in vocabulary development with taking Aim! at Vocabulary. Students participate in research-based vocabulary lessons to learn the meaning of high-utility words and develop lifelong vocabulary acquisition techniques.

5. Vocabulary workshop This vocabulary development program prepares college-bound, middle and high school students for college and career success

6. Word wisdom Word Wisdom is built on research that shows the most effective way for students to develop an extensive vocabulary includes unlocking word meanings by • activating prior knowledge. • using context clues strategies. • analyzing roots and other word parts.

7. Vocabulary.com(free) Vocabulary.com is a platform for lifelong learning, growing with you every step of the way. As you improve, the words that you learn will become more and more advanced. And, with our easy-to-use progress-monitoring tools, you can always look back to see how far you’ve come.

8. Freerice.com (free) Freerice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: • Provide education to everyone for free. • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free. Each time you answer a question right, the banner ad that you see generates enough money for the World Food Programme to buy 10 grains of rice to help reach Zero Hunger.

9. Michael Clay Thompson: Vocabulary Program Michael Clay Thompson’s vocabulary program begins at the elementary level with Building Language, Caesar’s English I, and Caesar’s English II. These books can be used as stand-alone or as part of a vocabulary program for young students. They also set the stage as preparatory complements to the more advanced The Word Within the Word series.

10. English from the roots up Teaches the way that English words are created from component root words originating in other languages, focusing on 100 Greek and Latin roots.

11. SAT Vocab Prep- Complete Vocabcafe Series Special Vocabcafé Book Series: Easily improve vocabulary with fun and wholesome narrative stories. Each novella contains 300 SAT-level vocabulary words placed in context with the definition at the bottom of the page for reference and reinforcement

12. Total Language Plus Vocabulary/spelling words are taken from the unit’s reading with a variety of activities (at least four exercises for each unit) stressing mastery of the words. Drilling new and review words is accomplished through games and puzzles.

13. Zinc Learning Labs We filter articles and vocabulary sets by level, length, topic, reading skills and state standards.

14. Mrs. Wordsmith Mrs. Wordsmith is data-driven, not random. Hilariously illustrated, not boring. We’ve used data science to identify the 10,000 most academically relevant words, and Hollywood illustration to make them unforgettable.

Grammar

Daily Grammar Daily Grammar is a fun, convenient way to learn grammar. By simplifying complex grammar subjects, Daily Grammar is a great teaching tool for both public and home-schooled children, ESL students, and anyone needing to refresh English grammar skills. By practicing language rules, any person able to read will be able to master English grammar.

Daily grammar practice

Daily Grammar Practice is a unique, highly successful, research-based approach to helping students understand, apply, and actually remember grammar concepts. The program is thorough and effective, yet surprisingly simple to implement. Daily Grammar Practice is not “fluffy,” and it’s not a “quick fix.” It is a simple, logical process that actually moves grammar concepts to long-term memory so that students can apply the concepts to their writing.

Analytical Grammar Analytical Grammar is the solution you need, if:

  • You’re spending too much time on grammar!
  • You’re re-teaching the same thing time and again!
  • You’re spending weeks and weeks on the same topic!
  • You’re not getting the results you want!

EGUMPP EGUMPP is a highly interactive online platform for teaching grammar, usage, punctuation, and writing mechanics. EGUMPP builds conceptual understanding and concrete skills using extremely effective techniques and exercises.

Fix! Grammar Ingenious! Students hunt for and correct errors in daily passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing.

Head Sprout

Headsprout is the smartest kids’ reading program on the market today. The program uses effective, interactive online episodes to teach K-5 students the reading fundamentals and comprehension skills they need to become successful readers.

Learn More Grammar Polis

Grammarpolis provides a fun and innovative learning environment for students of all ages.

Painless Grammar

Students who cower in terror when confronted by grammar can stop worrying—because Painless Grammar replaces the fear with fun! They’ll learn correct ways to construct sentences by applying rules of grammar to funny statements, see how to apply their new-found knowledge of grammar for fun school activities, such as editing the school paper, track their progress with challenging games, and more.

Writing Den

WritingDEN is designed for students Grades 6 through 12 seeking to improve their English reading, comprehension, and writing skills. WritingDEN is divided into three levels of difficulty: Words, Sentences and Paragraphs.

CyberKids

Although most of the content on Cyberkids is geared toward children ages 7 to 12, you as a parent will also find some things here to interest you. In the “Cyberviews” area, you will find movie, book and product reviews. In the “Launchpad” area, there are links, categorized by subject, to many other Internet sites useful to kids. The “Learning Center” has links to sites where your child can find online tutoring, help with homework, and information on scholarships. Finally, the “Shopping” section provides categorized links to sites that offer products for kids such as clothing, toys and games, and children’s software.

Scriptorium Scribbles

Welcome to the Scriptorium, a virtual room for writers. In each monthly issue you’ll find articles, interviews, exercises, book reviews, and more to help you become the best writer you can be.

Reading Programs

K5 Learning K5 Learning was founded by parents who wanted better learning tools available to their kids for home use. The best software was marketed to schools, not parents. In 2010 we licensed the very best reading and math software, used in hundreds of schools, from leading U.S. education companies. K5 Learning is formed from the combination of this award-winning software. We believe K5 provides the best home use learning platform in North America for kindergarten through grade 5.

Starfall Our supplemental resources include time-saving customizable English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics worksheets, downloadable workbooks, projectable, recipes, and crafts, and customizable word & picture cards based on Starfall products and curriculum,

Reading A-Z Reading A-Z Ranked #1 by Teachers Already being used in nearly half of the school districts in the U.S. and Canada and 155+ countries worldwide, discover how Reading A-Z’s affordable, easy-to-use teacher resources fill the teaching gaps left by many reading education programs.

myON Subscription The myON digital book library, containing thousands of enhanced and age-appropriate titles for PreK-12, is dynamically matched to each individual learner’s interests, grade and Lexile® reading level. Available 24/7 year-round.

Sing, Spell, Read & Write  Sing, Spell, Read & Write helps children learn to read, write and spell through 36 carefully-sequenced steps and it addresses every child’s learning style through a multisensory approach. The program is easy-to-use in any home setting and is comprehensive – providing you with all the tools you need at your fingertips! Children love learning through the program’s phonics songs, games, and fun routines that use music to build lasting skills!

Readorium  Readorium produces web-based educational software that aims to teach students reading comprehension skills through scientific text. We teach specific reading strategies through original articles and books that automatically adapt to students’ reading levels. We also aim to explain complex scientific concepts in fun, easy-to-grasp ways that instill in students a love of science, its history, and its methods. All our core content is supported by multimedia elements, including images, videos, music, and games, in order to create a multimodal learning environment. Frequent assessment allows us to adapt the text to students’ reading levels, as well as provide real-time feedback to educators. This data is supplemented by downloadable lesson plans that help teachers differentiate instruction to cater to the individual needs of students. Readorium is aligned with the Common Core and NGSS, as well as state standards.

MindPlay MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach® (MVRC) is an effective online reading program that improves reading abilities. It permits students with diverse skills and unique needs to read with control and precision.

God’s Big World God’s Big World is the one-of-a-kind current events program for beginning readers. God’s Big WORLD is designed, written, and illustrated to satisfy a young child’s God-given thirst for knowledge, and to do so in meaningful, and developmentally-appropriate ways. The colorful magazines (six bimonthly issues delivered year-round) are designed to pull apart into eight convenient weekly lessons. Each lesson includes three stories and a skill-building activity. The big pictures ignite children’s interest, and the controlled vocabulary in the accompanying text builds confidence in early readers. A Teaching Tip written for adults gives you additional information so you can explain the events in more detail to your child.

Fast For World The New Fast ForWord is an evidence-based program that uses a revolutionary 3-step intervention model to directly target and fix the root causes of language and reading difficulty so learners make fast improvements that continue even after they finish the program. No other intervention does this. Designed by renowned neuroscientists, the New Fast ForWord is the ideal solution for K-12 intervention, at-home intervention, or clinical support intervention.

Levar Burton Kids An online supplemental reading service for grades K-3 featuring a carefully selected library of books, real-world video field trips, standards-aligned lessons and easy-to-use teacher management tools.

CCC Streaming Media In years past, using visual media in the classroom meant wheeling in a cart with a 16mm projector or a deck to play videotapes or DVDs. These days, teachers access visual media through the internet. But how can they be assured that what they are downloading is trustworthy, accurate, and academically sound? CCC! Streaming Media offers over 7,000 programs that have been curated from respected educational video sources. The content has been vetted by educators and aligned to Common Core and state standards and is supplemented with Teacher’s Guides, Student Activities, and Knowledge Checks (quizzes). And each video is segmented into smaller clips, giving teachers a choice of over 100,000 two- to three-minute clips to integrate into their lesson plans. In this way, CCC! Streaming Media is not a replacement for the textbook – it’s an expansion of it!

Build a solid foundation in literacy Ensure that all students meet early reading milestones. Students unlock their academic potential when they learn to read. So, it’s not surprising that states across the country closely monitor 3rd-grade reading proficiency and cite it as an early predictor of high school graduation. At Edmentum, we emphasize the importance of instilling an early love of reading and give you the assessment, instruction, and practice tools to help nurture that relationship. See more impacts of 

The Leader in Differentiated Instruction

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated instruction, serving millions of students worldwide. Over 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their precise Lexile® reading levels to deliver significant reading gains—often double-to-triple the expected gains. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000 patented online methodology for differentiated instruction provides engaging, nonfiction content that supports core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learning, special education, adult learning, workforce readiness, and other instructional models. Featuring comprehensive English and Spanish language support and extra scaffolding for struggling readers, these are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for English language arts as well as state standards for literacy and the content areas. Achieve3000 supports 21st-century education initiatives across content areas and is helping to put all students on the road to College and Career Readiness. The company’s global headquarters is in Lakewood, N.J.

Daily Reading Practice Students work with one reading selection each week. They study that selection each day and complete such tasks as identifying subject and purpose on Monday, engaging in word study on Tuesday, making inferences and relating to prior knowledge on Wednesday, creating graphic organizers and skimming on Thursday, and writing summaries on Friday.

The Reading Detective The mind-building lessons and activities in this 176-page book teach topics and skills drawn from state and national science standards to prepare students for more advanced science courses and new assessments that measure reasoning, reading comprehension, and writing in science.

Writing Programs

Athena’s Advanced Academy Our missioAdvanced create a stimulating and engaging educational environment that challenges gifted and talented students and promotes learning in a positive and rewarding atmosphere. We design captivating courses that can be tailored to meet the goals in each student’s educational plan, including homeschoolers and those looking for enrichment.

Time 4 Writing Time4Writing’s online curriculum is designed with the modern writing student in mind. Your student’s learning will begin from the very first time he or she logs in! Everything from grammar to essays is taught by our team of certified teachers who assess each student’s writing and provide encouraging feedback on every assignment.

Writing A-Z Writing A-Z delivers thousands of downloadable and projectable resources for writing instruction, as well as a collection of interactive online writing tools that students can use anywhere, anytime.

Classical Writing Classical Writing is a writing curriculum for beginners all the way through high school. Our method is based on the ancient Greek progymnasmata, a set of exercises that come from a writing tradition which has produced many of the best thinkers, authors, and statesmen of the past two thousand years. We believe, along with the ancients, that training in writing cannot be separated from training in virtue. Our aim is to teach students the art of putting thoughts into words — true, beautiful, and persuasive words.

Brave Writer Through our user-friendly materials and award-winning online classes, you’ll grow into a competent writing coach, calm your anxious writers, and nourish your aspiring authors.

One Year Adventure Novel Whether you have a student who loves to write and needs the training to take this gift to the next level, or a student who could just use a fun change of pace from a traditional English curriculum, we can help!

My Access! Home Edition MY Access! Home Edition is an online writing application which fits neatly into any curriculum! Whether you’re homeschooling, tutoring students after school, or just trying to help a child improve his or her academic confidence, you’ll enjoy the time-saving technologies, valuable self-paced instruction, and motivating feedback in MY Access!. Watch your child improve his or her critical thinking skills and confidence in all subject areas as his or her writing skills grow.

Redbird Language Arts & Writing Redbird Language Arts & Writing is a digital, adaptive personalized learning solution that helps students achieve their full potential as writers—no matter where they are on the learning continuum. The technology is built upon more than 25 years of research in adaptive and writing technology and addresses language and writing standards for grades 2–7.

The Chase Hill School The Chase Hill School for Literary Arts is a small, distance school that provides a variety of high-quality tutorial programs and courses for adults and children who are at least ten years old and ready for an advanced, writing-intensive program. In no way comparable to the superficial and at best band-aid-like approach to teaching found in most on-line writing programs, Chase Hill programs consist of genuine, constructive interaction between student and teacher and provide outstanding one-on-one writing instruction in all genres and at all levels, from middle school through college.

FableVision Language Arts Products We firmly believe that a well-educated student is not complete with less “test-able” skills, including the 4 Cs (plus 1): creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking — and compassion. We also believe in providing hands-on, meaningful, authentic learning experiences to help ALL learners realize their true potential.

Think Cerca At the heart of every lesson is a flexible framework that teaches students how to construct a cohesive argument. As students strengthen their argumentation skills, studies show they can achieve an average of two years of growth in a single school year.

Institute Of Excellence In Writing Our Structure and Style™ Writing Method will give you the ability to fill your student’s toolbox with confidence-building tools, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent writing.

Redbird Language Arts & Writing Redbird Language Arts & Writing is a digital, adaptive personalized learning solution that helps students achieve their full potential as writers—no matter where they are on the learning continuum. The technology is built upon more than 25 years of research in adaptive and writing technology and addresses language and writing standards for grades 2–7.

Stevenson Learning Skills Stevenson Learning Skills is the company that publishes the Stevenson Language Skills Program, Stevenson’s Essential Grammar, Stevenson’s Cursive Writing and other materials for teaching basic skills to both regular and learning disabled students. Our methods are unusual and innovative. We use established techniques like mnemonics (memory aids) and multisensory instruction in imaginative new ways. The materials accommodate common problems such as dyslexia, attention deficits, phonological processing difficulties, memory weakness and sequencing confusion.

Wordwise Instruction Reading for connections and learning to express oneself with confidence and clarity are important steps towards making a meaningful connection to the world.

Byline Writing Byline turns students into time-traveling reporters who practice journalism in the forgotten corners of history. Under the video tutelage of Mr. S., editor of the fictional Metropolitan World, your cub reporter will learn more than just how to write a terrific paper. By studying the work of great journalists, students uncover techniques of persuasion and propaganda that are widely used in media today. As students enjoy their reporter’s journey, Byline is equipping them with essay-writing skills!

6+1 Trait Writing Education Northwest developed the 6+1 Trait Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment to help educators provide clear, consistent, and evidence-based feedback on student writing. Many schools and districts are beginning to emphasize students’ writing skills across the curriculum. This makes it even more essential that all staff members use a common terminology and common strategies to provide feedback. We offer a broad range of training, technical assistance, and resources, including free starter materials such as rubrics and Common Core crosswalks.

Tools 4 Students 25 graphic organizers for students to use to organize their thinking while reading preparing to write. Covers all common comprehension skills: cause /effect, main idea/detail, sequence events, pro/con, story elements, characterization, word meaning, plot, KWL and much more.

Graphic Organizers Help your students’ children classify ideas and communicate more effectively. Use graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem-solving, decision making, studying, planning research and brainstorming.

Writing Competitions

Scholastic art and writing award The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12.

PBS KIDS Writers Contest The contest is open for kids from Kindergarten to 3rd grade.  Check with your local PBS Station for details.

Power Of The Pen Because the ideas, dreams, and beliefs of today’s youth form the foundation of tomorrow’s communities in Ohio, Power of the Pen is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. It is a mission we will realize when we inspire every teacher and challenge every student to truly embrace the art of creative expression through writing as a life skill.

Geek Partnership Society (GPS) Writing Contest

The Geek Partnership Society is a non-profit organization with a mission of celebrating imagination, inspiring creativity, and building our community through service and education.

National High School Essay Contest

USIP partners with the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) on the annual National High School Essay Contest. The contest each year engages high school students in learning and writing about issues of peace and conflict, encouraging appreciation for diplomacy’s role in building partnerships that can advance peacebuilding and protect national security.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize

The Emerson Prize is awarded annually to students published in The Concord Review during the previous academic year who have shown outstanding promise in history at the high school level. Since 1995, 138 students have won the Emerson Prize The Concord Review, Inc., was founded in March 1987 to recognize and to publish exemplary history essays by high school students in the English-speaking world. With the Spring Issue (#104), 1,143 research papers (average 6,000 words, with endnotes and bibliography) have been published from authors in forty-four states and forty other countries. The Concord Review remains the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic history papers of secondary students.

National Novel Writing Month National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel during the month of November.! Participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by 11:59 PM on November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable-but-challenging individual word-count goals. The YWP also helps K–12 educators facilitate NaNoWriMo in schools, libraries, and community centers around the world. We provide virtual classroom spaces on our site, as well as student workbooks, Common Core-aligned curricula, and free motivational materials.

Skipping Stones Youth Honor Award Program

The Youth Honor Awards recognize creative and artistic works by young people that promote multicultural, international and nature awareness.

Youth Communication Youth Communication provides powerful, teen-written stories and professional development to help educators and youth workers engage struggling youth. Our literacy-rich training model helps teachers, after-school workers, counselors, and other professionals to connect with the teens they serve and build their social and emotional learning skills.

The National YoungArts Foundation

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States Additionally, YoungArts Winners are eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic and artistic excellence. U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts receive a Presidential Medal at the White House and perform and exhibit at the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.

Adventure Write Kids – Totem Head’s Story Contest.

Totem Head’s Story Contest” is Sponsored by Adventure Write. The contest is open to US residents under 19 years old.

Creative Communication Poetry Contest 

Students in grades K-9 write a poem that can be either submitted by teachers or the students. 45% of the poems are will be selected and published. The top 10% in each grade division receive a $25 award and free book and teachers earn free classroom supplies.

Youth Speaks Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks has long championed a local, national, and increasingly global movement of young people picking up pens and stepping proudly onto stages, declaring themselves present.  

Journalism Competitions

Creative Writing

Essay Contests

Student Publication Awards

Summer Programs

The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program We welcome 35-40 high school juniors (rising seniors) from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton’s campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program’s goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.

Summer Journalism Workshops,

University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa) Iowa Summer Journalism Workshop For 66 years, the world’s most prestigious writing university has served the country’s best high school journalists at the University of Iowa Summer Journalism Workshops.

The Young Writers Workshop THE YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP of the University of Virginia is a nonprofit arts organization established in 1982 as the nation’s flagship program for young writers. Now in its fourth decade, it continues to bring together a community of writers from across the country and internationally with a common purpose: to create a supportive, non-competitive environment where teenage writers can live and work together as artists.

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Technology has revolutionized the way writing applies to our personal and professional lives, and the need for students to develop good writing skills long before they enter college and the workforce has grown. Students in CTY writing courses master critical writing skills by engaging in class discussions, close-readings, writing exercises, and workshops. CTY’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and analytical-essay writing courses follow the same model used in Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars. Instructors are typically working writers who hold advanced degrees in creative writing, composition, or literature. Students complete CTY writing courses with a foundation for success in AP and college-level courses and with the confidence to express their voices through many different genres of writing.

Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Life-changing residential and commuter programs providing challenging enrichment, honors and Advanced Placement® courses taught in a highly supportive environment. From early childhood through elementary, middle and high school, Center for Talent Development (CTD) gifted summer programs encourage gifted kids to explore academic areas of interest and connect with a community of peers.

Bay Area Writing Project – Young Writers Camps and Teen Writing Camps (Berkeley, CA) Sponsored by the Bay Area Writing Project of UC Berkeley, the camps offer kids a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities and writing talents. In a relaxed camp atmosphere, campers will receive specific writing instruction and conference individually with staff to build and reinforce their writing skills. The camps are for students who like to write! They are not remedial writing camps. Students will have time to explore their writing interests, discover their strengths, and learn more about the craft of writing. The camps provide in-depth writing instruction, extended periods of writing time, flexibility in writing projects, and daily time to share writing with peers.

Writing Summer Camps at Vermont Summer Academy In this two week experience, students in the VSA writing workshop will engage in a multidimensional process, designed to build strong creative habits that foster a passion for the written word and help them develop capacity and skill as writers. The entire experience is grounded in the notion that writers grow through their tendency to daydream and be imaginative, as well as through practicing habits that will enable them to produce a solid piece of writing.

Summer Writing Institute (Rhode Island) The Summer Writing Institute at Rhodes College takes place annually for two weeks during June and is an intensive residential academic program committed to developing the critical thinking and writing skills of ambitious high school students. Within the college′s liberal arts environment, students sharpen their reading and analytical skills and learn strategies for writing creatively and critically through coursework in the humanities and social sciences. At the end of the session, students receive a grade for their work and class participation, earn two college credits, transferable to any college or university, and will have completed a portfolio of college-level writing.

Boston College Experience for High School Students. Creative Writing Seminar Through the study of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, students will explore their own unique voices and the diverse voices of published writers. Students will identify and analyze different styles of writing and collect a “toolbox” of craft techniques that they will put into practice by writing their own original creative pieces. Classes will consist of reading, discussion, writing exercises, and writing workshops in which students will have the opportunity to give and receive constructive feedback on their work. As a seminar capstone, students will serve as editors and designers of a class literary journal and will have the opportunity to participate in a public reading to present their work.

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program In a beautiful natural setting reminiscent of a traditional summer camp, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program provides high caliber arts instruction and memorable arts immersion workshops to a diverse student population of all ages and abilities. Nearly 2,000 children, youth, adults and families participate in the diverse summer program featuring workshops in all the arts and specifically tailored to all proficiency levels and ages. The Summer program provides children, teens, adults and professional artists intensive practical instruction in all the visual arts and performing arts – sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, Native American arts, film & digital media, fashion design, dance, music, theatre and creative writing.

Clarion West (Seattle Washington) Every summer, Clarion West holds an intensive six-week workshop in Seattle’s University District, geared to help you prepare for a professional career as a writer of speculative fiction. Each workshop is limited to 18 students, and each week features a different instructor, a highly regarded author or editor offering their unique perspective on the field.

Writers in the Schools (HOUSTON) Storytelling reveals our truest selves. Since 1983, Writers in the Schools (WITS) has worked hand-in-hand with educators and professional writers to teach students the craft of writing. WITS is transforming the hearts and minds of young people all over Houston.

JCamp JCamp brings a multicultural group of high school students together for six days of intensive journalism training. Students will learn from professional journalists and get hands-on training in writing, photography, television broadcasting, online media, and reporting. Sessions and workshops will be led by experienced journalists from some of the top media companies in the industry. Students with a strong interest in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines, photojournalism or online media are encouraged to apply. The program is designed for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors; since 2001, over 700 high school students have graduated from JCamp. Every year, AAJA receives hundreds of applications from all regions of the country. Students selected for the program have all costs covered including airfare, campus housing and meals.

Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference Are you a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader who is passionate about creative writing? Do you write poems or stories, in class or out, but wonder how good they are, and how you could make them better? Your parents admire them and your friends are impressed; your teachers help as much as they can.

Center For Bright Kids Since 1982, the Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Center has offered summer programs for high-interest, high-ability students. Rooted in the talent development model, CBK summer programs offer students the opportunity to study with bright, motivated peers, enhance their preparation for advanced coursework, and establish long-lasting friendships with students from across the country and around the world. Students with exceptional ability entering grades 4-12 or ages 8-17 are offered a varied selection of enrichment and/or acceleration courses on campus at the University of Colorado Boulder. Together with outstanding instructors, students pursue one course of study in which they discover the optimal match among personal interest, academic ability, and pace of instruction.

Duke TIP The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980. Each year, Duke TIP enrolls nearly one hundred thousand new students in its talent searches. TIP’s talent searches help these gifted students assess the extent of their abilities with above-level testing, recognize them for their achievements, and provide them with a variety of enrichment benefits. TIP also offers accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs to more than eight thousand students each year. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with educators, parents, and the greater gifted community

 

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