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School/District Level Writing Bee Qualifiers are made up of three rounds, consisting of approximately one week per round. These rounds may take place at the individual school or district’s discretion any point between January and March 2018.
At the start of the first round the fourth and/or fifth grade students can log in from school or home to read the ‘story start’, a compelling first chapter of a story. After reading the story start, students independently write they believe will be the best next chapter before submitting their work to the teacher. Teachers conveniently review their students' writing from anywhere via the site and have the option of providing personalized writing feedback and instruction. Teachers can also utilize the site's innovative grading interface and standards-based writing rubrics, should they choose to grade their students' work, while also capturing actionable writing data in real time.
Upon completion of the writing phase, students log back on to review the anonymous submissions of their peers and cast votes for their favorites. A winning submission will be identified, and the process continues until the story is completed.
Each student will write a total of three chapters over the course of the event and will remain eligible to win each round. Upon completion, the story will be published as a real paperback book containing the names of all participating students!
The chapter winners and top vote-getters from the School/District Level Qualifiers will be eligible to compete in The Writing Bee Finals taking place in May 2018. Throughout the Finals, all School/District Level Writing Bee participants can read and cast votes for their favorite submissions while also cheering on their peers who remain eligible to compete.
The chapter winner and top vote-getters from each round move on, and the author of the competition's final chapter will become The 2018 Writing Bee Champion!
The Writing Bee launched in 2017 with over 700 participating 4th & 5th grade Milton (MA) Public Schools students collaborating to write a follow up story to the classic 80s movie, The Goonies. The story’s first chapter was penned by Jeff Cohen, who starred in the film in the role of ‘Chunk’ and joined all of the Milton students at the story’s book publishing celebration.
The event’s impact on the Milton students’ writing skills was expressed clearly by the results of the Writing Bee Teacher Survey.
Each student will write a total of three chapters over the course of three weeks, with top level vote-getters anonymously moving on to the next round and maintaining eligibility to win as the event progresses.See the results