Ready Writing- Mrs. Williams
Students write expository compositions that attempt to explain, prove or explore a topic in a balanced way,
allowing the argument and the evidence given to be the deciding factor in the paper. Students are given a choice
between two prompts, each an excerpt from literature, publications or speeches. The essay is judged on interest,
organization and style.
Literary Criticism- Ms. Socha
The contest requires knowledge of literary history and of critical terms, and ability in literary criticism. Students
are required to select the best answers involving judgment in literary criticism and to analyze literary passages
from both the reading list and other sources. A tiebreaker is required in which the student must write a short
essay dealing with a specified topic about a selected literary passage.
Spelling & Vocabulary- Mrs. Hedges
The Spelling & Vocabulary Contest promotes precise and effective use of words. The three-part contest consists
of multiple-choice questions covering proofreading and vocabulary, and words that are written from dictation. The
vocabulary-building and spelling components of the contest are important complements to the high school
academic curriculum and are indicative of vocabulary words contained on standardized tests such as SAT, PSAT