VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers – maybe you could look at the FFs in general and what they did – remember the VFW is VERY proud of our country and your tone needs to support the FFs
A Winning Essay from Last Year Read on You Tube • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdMXEMFve2M
A Winning Essay from Last Year • http://www.vfw.org/uploadedFiles/VFW.org/Community/FIRST%20PLACE%20WINNER%20ESSAY%202012%20FOR%20WEBSITE.pdf
Outline • Title page • Introduction • Includes “hook” – quote, question, anecdote • 3 pieces of info you will be discussing in paper • 1st detail paragraph – 1st piece of info • 2nd detail paragraph – 2nd piece of info • 3rd detail paragraph – 3rd piece of info • Closing paragraph – summarizes • Bibliography
RAFTS • R- a role from which to do the writing. The role may be as intimate as self or as remote as that of an inanimate object. Roles should be chosen from those that exist within the realms of the real or vicarious experience of the student. • A - an audience for whom the writing is intended. Students need to write for audiences other than the teacher. The audiences for student writing may range from self to peers to the general public. Variation in audiences causes the student to vary the form and the level of the language used to express meaning. • F - a format in which to write. Students need to experiment with a variety of formats. Writing formats should include typical school writing formats, but can also include as many type of "real life" writing as possible. • T - a topic about which to write. Topics should relate to the role and audiences selected. • S - a strong verb which sets the tone for a piece of writing. This strong verb also directs the student in Vocabulary choice.
Judging Criteria • Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively. • Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences. • Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.