InvestWrite Topic For Grades 4-5

Background:

There are lots of nonprofit organizations that help make the world a better place. Examples include the Red Cross, YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and the World Wildlife Fund. They raise money to meet the needs of others, especially when emergencies arise.

Essay Assignment: 

Imagine you volunteer at a nonprofit organization to manage their money, help it grow and protect it from risk.  What would your nonprofit organization support and why is it important to you? How would you invest their money in stocks, bonds and mutual funds?

Be sure to explain your recommendations based on what you have learned about saving and investing and what you have researched about the cause. 

We provide our teachers with customizable assignment sheets to make our Stock Market Game writing competition as easy as possible to bring to your classroom. Click on the assignment link below to view then copy, paste and customize for your classes.

4-5 Grade Assignment Sheet                                            




Guidelines and Directions

FIRST, what you need to know about InvestWrite entries.

  • You may submit 10 entries from all Stock Market Game classrooms you teach. If you have more than one class participating in the Stock Market Game you may submit up to 10 entries per class. Please note: The total number of essays submitted can be from any combination of your SMG classes.
  • Each entry must be an original work, representing the student's own research, thinking, and writing.

SECOND, share these InvestWrite GUIDELINES with your students.

  • 4-5 grade maximum 800 words (minimum 300 words)
  • 6-8 grade maximum 900 words (minimum 400 words)
  • 9-12 grade maximum 1000 words (minimum 500 words)
  • Please note: only the body of the essay will be included in the word count, the title and the works cited will not count against the specified word limit.
  • The format for references or works cited can be chosen by the teacher.
  • All essays must be submitted in plain text; no charts, graphs or symbols will be accepted.
  • Students should submit their essays to their teacher electronically or on a flash drive. PDF files cannot be accepted.

THIRD, discuss the essay prompt background with your class and assign the due date.

  • Since the judges will base their decision on the author's understanding of the subject matter, rationale, and writing style, please do the same when you judge. (View "Judging Criteria" tab on the left above)
  • Make sure you give yourself enough time to read and select entries before the InvestWrite online submission deadline December 13, 2017.
FOURTH, read the InvestWrite entries and choose no more than 10 entries per SMG class to submit on behalf of your students. 
  • All submitted entries must address the correct grade level assignment as stated on this website.
  • Each entry must be submitted through the InvestWrite website to be eligible.
  • Simply cut and paste the entry from any word processing application and paste in the submission space provided upon log in.
  • Identification of the student or teacher by name or SMG ID in the essay submission space will result in disqualification.
  • If the student has created a title for their essay it must appear at the top of the submitted essay text.
  • If references are cited, please include at the bottom of the submitted essay text.

Please note: only the body of the essay will be included in the word count, the title and the works cited will not count against the specified word limit.

FIFTH, in addition to student entries, please be prepared with the following information for essay submission.

  • Teacher name
  • Teacher Stock Market Game advisor Username and Password
  • Teacher personal telephone number and email address
  • School name, physical address and phone number
  • Student first name and last initial
  • Student Stock Market Game team login ID
  • Student grade

This information will help us contact InvestWrite award winners!

SIXTH, return to www.InvestWrite.org to submit your top teacher-judged essays.  

  • You may submit 10 entries from all Stock Market Game classrooms you teach. If you have more than one class participating in the Stock Market Game you may submit up to 10 entries per class. Please note: The total number of essays submitted can be from any combination of your SMG classes.
  • You may submit your essays all at once or log back in and submit new entries any time before the deadline.
  • You may also return to the website to edit submitted essays prior to the deadline.
  • You will be able to view the list of your submissions and request an email confirmation.

The deadline to submit all InvestWrite entries is December 13, 2017. (11:59 PM All Time Zones)

 
 
 
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