Write for Rights introduces students to human rights by writing letters to help 10 real young people around the world who are at risk just for their peaceful human rights activism. By participating in Write for Rights, students develop effective writing skills and experience firsthand the power of their words to make a difference. Students’ letters are actually delivered to the people who have the power to positively influence each case. For example, in Write for Rights 2018, letters from students supported and amplified the work of Gulzar Duishenova in Kyrgyzstan and joined the call for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was signed on March 14, 2019. This is a free annual letter-writing project by Amnesty International. To participate, educators simply sign up and then students write letters in their classroom. An Educator’s Guide, Case Sheets, Samples Letters, and other tools are available on Amnesty International’s website. Along with submitting letters, participants can enter an online drawing for a chance to win $500 to travel to Amnesty International’s annual meeting in San Diego, California, in March 2020.
Deadline: Students’ letters should be mailed, either directly using the addresses on the Case Sheets or in one envelope via postal mail, by January 31, 2020.
How many times have you listened to a lecture, memorized the information, and passed the exam only to be unable to recall most of what you learned just weeks later? How many times have you read a powerful story or watched a movie and been able to recall the plot years later? Information presented in a story doesn’t fade away after it’s been used; it sticks in the mind, ready to be accessed and used at any time.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has announced the 50 States, 1 Nation Contest, a new essay competition for elementary school students in the 2019–2020 school year. The goal of this new contest is to help expand students’ understanding of how their families, towns, and states connect with one another and with American history.
The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all US middle school and high school students. Unlike most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions.