SCETV Literacy Contest

CONTEST OVERVIEW

In support of summer learning, SCETV is promoting a literacy contest for South Carolina students that are rising K – 12th graders. Students are asked to review the book of their choice and submit a review that meets the guidelines below. SCETV will provide books, free of charge, to those expressing need. Contact Ms. Bre Wilson at bmwilson@scetv.org if you are in need of books.

 

CONTEST RULES

1) There is no entry fee.

2) Entries may be submitted through the website starting on July 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm EST on October 22, 2021.

3) The contest is open to students that are rising K -12th graders attending a public, charter, home, or private school in South Carolina. Entries may be submitted in two categories:  

  1. Written Essay - Written essays may be typed and uploaded or handwritten and uploaded as a picture.
  2. Video Essay - Video essays may include oral responses to the required or prompts.
  3. Creative Reports  - Creative reports may be uploaded as photos and accompanied by a video showcase. Examples of creative reports include cereal box covers, t-shirts, posters, etc.

4) A person may only submit one entry, and this must be done individually.

5) Entries must meet the formatting requirements below:

Written Essays

  1. For grades K-2 written essays must be at least 2 sentences and include a picture.  
  2. For grades 3 – 5 written essays must be at least 200 words
  3. For grades 6 – 8 written essays must be at least 500 words
  4. For grades 9 – 12 written essays must be at least 750 words.

Video Essays

  1. For grades K-2 videos may not exceed 180 seconds, three (3) minutes in length.
  2. For grades 3 – 5 videos may not exceed 240 seconds (4 minutes)
  3. For grades 6 – 12 videos may not exceed 420 seconds (7 minutes)

Creative Reports

Creative reports must be submitted as photos. A minimum of 3 images are required. One image should display the entire project. Additional images should capture project sections and details.

  1. Photos for creative reports may be accompanied by a video showcase.
  2. Digital posters should be submitted as a PDF.

6) Each video or essay submitted must be contestant's original work. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.

7) Finalists will be chosen by a select panel of judges.

8) Students should keep at least one copy of their original work for their records.

9) Content must include components that align with rubric provided by SCETV.

10) Content MUST NOT

  1. promote illegal behavior;
  2. support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice;
  3. advocate sexual or violent exploitation;
  4. violate rights established by law or agreement;
  5. invade the privacy of any person; or
  6. be otherwise inappropriate as determined by SCETV Education in its sole and conclusive determination.

11) Your entry should reflect what the book you read means to you.

 

COPYRIGHT AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

All entries submitted must be original works and shall not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties. Entrant shall, by entering, indemnify and hold SCETV harmless from and against any claims inconsistent with the foregoing.

Entrant acknowledges that all entries may be distributed to judges who will be selecting the winners, and Entrant agrees to release, indemnify, and hold SCETV, its sponsors, and judges harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in the contest.

By entering the contest, entrant and/or their parents or legal guardian (if such entrant is a minor) agree to accept and be bound by the decisions of SCETV and its judges which are final and binding in all matters. Entrant agrees to be bound by all terms of these official SCETV Rules and Regulations as established herein.

Entrant retains all ownership rights to all submitted works. SCETV will not have any ownership rights to any works submitted.

PRIZES

Participants will need to answer all the questions below that correspond with their grade level in their video or essay. The maximum points received will be 100. Entries will be scored on the following:

RUBRIC

Participants will need to answer all the questions below that correspond with their grade level in their video or essay. The maximum points received will be 100. Entries will be scored on the following:

Content – participant answered all questions/prompts in detail. Report demonstrates comprehension of the text and its elements.  

0 - 40 points

Presentation of work

For Written Essays – Essay is legible; presented with clarity and precision; uses correct grammar

For Video and Creative Essays – Essay is audible and distraction free; presented with clarity and precision; uses correct grammar; presenter appears relaxed and confident; body language enhances delivery

0 - 30 points

Creativity – offers a nonconventional perspective; uses ingenuity and imagination in expression; includes elements that are visually exciting, fun, lively, engaging, or powerful.  

0 – 20 points

Follows guidelines – participant uploaded according to formatting guidelines

0—10 points

Grades K – 2nd

Answer the writing prompt below in either a minimum of two written sentences or a video that is three minutes long, maximum. Also, draw a picture that describes the story.

Prompt:

  1. 1. What is that title of your book?
  2. 2. Who is the author?
  3. 3. What did you like about your book?

 

Grades 3rd – 5th

Answer the following questions in either a written or video essay or a creative report. Written essays must be at minimum 200 words and video essays must not be longer than 240 seconds (4 minutes).

  1. What is the title of the book you read and who is the author?
  2. Who are the main characters?
  3. What was the setting of the book?
  4. Give a brief summary of the plot.
  5. Name one thing you liked about the book.
  6. Name one thing you learned from the book.
  7. If you could change one thing about the book, what would it be?
  8. Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?

 

Grades 6th – 8th

Answer the following questions in either a written or video essay or a creative report. Written essays must be at minimum 500 words and video essays must not be longer than 420 seconds (7 minutes).

  1. What is the title of the book you read and who is the author?
  2. What is the genre?
  3. Who are the main characters?
  4. Were you able to identify with any characters? Why or why not?
  5. What was the setting of the book?
  6. Summarize the plot. Be sure to include problems and solutions.
  7. What was the climax?
  8. Name two things you liked about the book.
  9. Name two things you learned from the book.
  10. If you could change one thing about the book, what would it be?
  11. Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?

 

Grades 9th – 12th

Answer one of the following writing prompts in either a written or video essay or a creative report. Written essays must be at minimum 750 words and video essays must not be longer than 420 seconds (7 minutes). Be sure to include the book that you read and the author.

Prompts:

Imagine that you are the main character in the story. Describe the plot, including any problems and solutions that occurred. Develop your own ending to the story. Was it similar to the original story’s ending? Why or why not? Be sure to include feelings you, as the main character, had during the story.

Imagine that you were tasked with writing a sequel to the book you wrote. Create the plot and summarize it. Would you keep any of the same characters? Why or why not? If not, introduce your new characters. Be sure to include a problem and solution for the imaginary sequel of the book. Also, be sure to include your reason for the plot you created and describe the tone of your book. Include your perspective, and what you would want your readers to gain from reading your story.

Imagine you are able to give advice to the main character. Provide the advice and be sure to include reasons and examples to support your statement. How would your advice impact the outcome of the story?

Write a letter to the author and describe how the story made you feel while reading it. Ask the author any unanswered questions you may have. Describe what you assume to be their perspective and the impact they meant for the book to have on readers. Offer an alternate ending.

 

Submission Form

The submission form officially closes on October 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

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Direct questions to Ms. Salandra Bowman, Interim VP of Education, sbowman@scetv.org, or Ms. Bre Wilson, Early Learning and Literacy Coordinator, bmwilson@scetv.org.