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SJ Engage: Laptop Contest

Submitted by TeenHQ on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 9:00 AM
Laptop keyboard, phone and notebook with pen.

Laptop Contest!

June 20 – July 31, 2020

San José Public Library is offering teens a chance to win a laptop for school year 2020-2021! In a short essay or video, teens will answer the questions of why they love their community, and what actions are needed to make it better.

 

Contest Criteria

Participants in the contest demonstrate that they:

  • Are a current Teens Reach member and former SJ Engage participant
  • Attend any school in San José
  • Are a 6th-12th grader for the school year 2020-2021
  • Need a device for the school year 2020-2021

Participants will:

  • Please review the SJ Engage website. Which of these civic topics is one you care about and why?
    • Write 100 words max. on the entry form.
  • Why do you love your San Jose community and what actions can you and your peers take to make it better?
    • Write a 2-page essay (3-page max.) or create a 2-minute video (3-min max.)

 

Contest Guidelines

  • Each submission must be the creative and original work of the submitting student. Any submissions with more than one student will be considered a single entry and will share any prizes possibly awarded.
  • The contest is limited to 6th-12th graders for the school year 2020-2021 in San José only.
  • All videos, images, text, audio, etc. must be your work.
  • San José Public Library reserves the right to reproduce your work. You can reuse all your work after the contest.
  • Submit entries through our online form at tiny.cc/laptopcontest or via email to TeenHQ@sjlibrary.org no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • There is a limit of one entry per contestant.

How to Submit Your Essay or Video

Due to COVID-19, we will only be accepting online submissions as it is the safest, quickest, and most reliable option. Online submissions are completely contactless and are accepted 24/7 until Friday, July 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Please plan accordingly.

You can submit your entry through our online form at tiny.cc/laptopcontest or via email to TeenHQ@sjlibrary.org.

 

 

Judging

Entries will be judged by a panel of library staff using this rubric scale covering the following:

 

Traits

4

3

2

1

Focus and Details 

There is one clear, well-focused topic. The main ideas are clear and are well supported by detailed and accurate information.

There is one clear, well-focused topic. Main ideas are clear but are not well supported by detailed information

There is one topic. The main ideas are somewhat clear.

The topic and main ideas are not clear.

Organization

The introduction is inviting, states the main topic, and provides an overview of the paper. Information is relevant and presented in a logical order. The conclusion is strong.

The introduction states the main topic and provides an overview of the paper. A conclusion is included

The introduction states the main topic. A conclusion is included.

There is no clear introduction, structure, or conclusion. 

Voice

The author’s purpose of writing is very clear, and there is strong evidence of attention to the audience. The author’s extensive knowledge and/or experience with the topic is/are evident.

The author’s purpose in writing is somewhat clear, and there is some evidence of attention to the audience. The author’s knowledge and/or experience with the topic is/are evident.

The author’s purpose in writing is somewhat clear, and there is evidence of attention to the audience. The author’s knowledge and/or experience with the topic is/are limited.

The author’s purpose in writing is unclear. 

Word Choice

The author uses vivid words and phrases. The choice and placement of words seems accurate, natural, and not forced.

The author uses vivid words and phrases. The choice and placement of words is inaccurate at times and/or seems overdone.

The author uses words that communicate clearly, but the writing lacks variety

The writer uses a limited vocabulary. Jargon or clichés may be present and detract from the meaning.

Prizes

Essay and Video Resources

If you're looking to build your writing and video skills, check our eResources and booklist recommendations from staff to help you learn from the experts!

Questions?

Please email TeenHQ@sjlibrary.org for answers to any questions you may have.

 

Disclaimer

San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.

San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.

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