DAR Announces Topics for 2013-2014 Essay Contests

DAR Announces Topics for 2013-2014 Essay Contests

Special To The Messenger 

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History Committee has announced the essay topics for the American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests for 2013-2014.

The Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter sponsors these essay contests here in Houston County each year. This early announcement of the topics will give teachers in the public, private and home schools an opportunity to make plans for using this contest in their classroom materials this fall. Deadlines are usually in the Fall, and will be announced later in the summer, as will the contact person in the local chapter. Both of these essay topics offer students an opportunity to practice researching a topic, organizing material, composing an essay and preparing a paper, which is excellent experience. The Major Jarrell Beasley Chapter is proud to provide this opportunity for students and teachers, and we look forward to working with them in the next school year.

The American History contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about history in a new light.

The contest is open to all students in grades fifth through eighth.

Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.

Additional rules and guidelines and resource materials can be found by contacting your local DAR chapter, and will be made available.

A winner will be selected from each of the four grades to advance to the state level. The state winner from each grade will advance to the divisional level. The divisional winners will advance to the national level where the winners are announced.

2013-2014 AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST

Title: “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution”

Topic: Pretend you are a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war is affecting your life.

The war dramatically changed the lives of children during the Revolution. Some actually followed their fathers into battle; others stayed home and assumed new responsibilities that were necessary for their families’ survival. Imagine yourself in the place of such a child taking on important and often adult responsibilities. Describe some of the changes that are taking place in your life and that of your family as you face this new situation. You may portray either a historical child or a fictional child living in the era of the American Revolution.

The Christopher Columbus essay contest is sponsored by the NSDAR with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in honor of Christopher Columbus.
The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.
Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.

Additional rules and guidelines and resource materials can be found through the local DAR chapter.

One winning essay from each participating chapter is submitted for judging on the state level. Each state winner is judged on the divisional level and the divisional winners move on to the national level, where the winner is announced. The national winner is invited to read their winning essay at the National Columbus Day celebration in Washington, D.C.

2013-2014 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS ESSAY CONTEST 

Title: “How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?”

Topic: Both of these men are considered heroes from whose lives Americans can draw beneficial lessons. Discuss the similarities and differences between the ways in which Christopher Columbus and George Washington dealt with and overcame the challenges and adversities they faced. What can Americans apply to their own lives from the experiences of these men?

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