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Original Essay

A brief examination of a subject in evaluative or analytical prose usually expressing a personal view or interpretation of a topic or issue. 

REQUIREMENTS:

 

1. One (1) notarized copy of the original essay written only by the contestant should be submitted on or before MARCH 25, 2024

     coraopolisnaacp@gmail.com

 

2. The top of each page must include the contestant’s name, page number and unit name and number (Coraopolis NAACP #26AB-B).

 

2. The essay must be typed and double-spaced; not to exceed 6,000 words.

 

3. The contestant must be prepared to answer questions by the judges.

 

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

General Merit (25)
    Ideas - advances (or considers) existing knowledge while offering a fresh or novel analysis.

    Organization, clarity, and flow
    Wording - effective use of language, claims, and argumentation

    Flavor - (author's) voice/perspective (emotive?) style, depth, creativity. 

Mechanics (25)
   Proper Usage

   Punctuation/Capitalization
   Spelling

Overall Effect (50)

   Convincing and compelling

   Resonance (motivation, inspiration, provocation, etc.)

   Topic/issue significance

     Educational value (teaches readers something new)

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