October 27, 2014
Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off! Contest
Taylor Swift uses music to shake off the things people do or say that could have the power to hurt her. We want to hear how you shake off the things that get you down in your life. Enter the Taylor Swift This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest for a chance to win these prizes . . .
- Grand Prize: A trip for 2 people to Taylor’s concert including a meet & greet with Taylor Swift!
- 2nd place winner: A signed guitar & 1989 CD
- 5 Runners-up: A signed 1989 CD
Here’s how to enter!
- The contest is open to students attending U.S. schools in grades 3 through 6 who are legal residents of the United States.
- Students must write an essay or poem, no more than one page, which explores the question “How do you shake it off when someone says or does something that has the power to hurt you?”
- Each entry must include student’s name and grade, teacher’s name, school name, address, and phone number.
- Entries must be mailed to: This Is How I Shake It Off! Writing Contest, P.O. Box 714, New York, NY 10013-0714.
- Entries must be received by December 11, 2014. No other means of entry accepted.
Leave a Comment telling us how YOU shake it off, and then send in your contest entry! Good luck!
October 21, 2014
Moderator Katie on the Reading Buzz Message Board posted a poll-type quiz with questions contributed by Go-green-or-else, DreamtimeDetermined14, BreezeBrain39, WinterWonder9300, and DarkRising6.
MU HA HA HA! Let the fun begin!
- What’s your favorite thing about Halloween?
- What’s your favorite type of candy?
- What are you being for Halloween this year?
- What’s your favorite Halloween costume you’ve ever had?
- What do you usually do for Halloween (trick-or-treat, party, stay home)?
- What’s the most IDEAL Halloween costume?
- Do you have any Halloween traditions?
- On a scale of 1-10, how much do you like Halloween?
- Do you know the history of Halloween? Do you care?
There are lots more questions to answer in the Halloween Quiz post. Go check them out and tell Moderator Katie I said, “Hi!” Happy Halloween!!
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
October 13, 2014
Create a Caption for Halloween Kitty!
This cutie kitten is so excited for Halloween! Can’t you tell? I just want to give her a million treats! What do you think she is thinking under her witch’s hat?
Leave your caption in the Comments!
Sonja, STACKS Staffer
Kitten image credit SuperStock
October 6, 2014
Writing Prompt: What’s Your Best Good Deed?
Recently, I came across these awesome quotes that really made me think:
“The time is always right to do the right thing.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)
“We ARE what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” (Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher)
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you do not know when it will be too late.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson, the famous American author)
“One person can make a difference. And everyone should try.” (President John F. Kennedy)
Heavy stuff, huh?
How have YOU made a difference? Maybe you’ve stuck up for someone getting bullied, or helped an injured animal, or done something kind that no one will ever even know about. We want to know for today’s Writing Prompt:
What is your best good deed?
Reveal yours in the Comments below!
- Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 29, 2014
Create a Caption for Fozzie Dog
How adorable is Fozzie? I think he looks like he is trying to talk his owner out of giving him a bath or a haircut.
What do YOU think he would say if he could talk? Write your own caption in the Comments!
Here’s my caption: Anything but a bath! I promise I’m not that dirty. Honestly. I only rolled around in the backyard a little bit! Aw, anything but that! I can lick myself clean instead. Watch!
Amanda, STACKS Intern
September 22, 2014
Writing Prompt: What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Ink Splotters, it’s time to channel your deep inner-selves.
Take a deep breath.
Forget all of your worries and fears.
And let your mind go free.
For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Would it be something with a future career? Sports? Talking to your crush? Fixing the world? A fear you want to conquer? A person you’d want to help? If you knew it would all work out perfectly, what would you try to do?
Let it out . . . let it all out! This is your forum, so don’t be afraid to tell us. Live without fear. There is no way you can fail! Leave your answers in the Comments below. Sometimes seeing the words written out is the first step toward making it happen!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 15, 2014
Create a Caption for These Amazing Dogs!
Dogs can do some pretty cool tricks, but how many dogs do you know that can skateboard? Thanks to Guinness World Records 2015 – a treasure trove of weird, amazing, goofy, and straight-up bizarre photos and facts—we now know that a dog named Norman scooted 30 meters (98 feet in) only 20.77 seconds, making him the world’s fastest dog on a scooter. Bet you didn’t know there was even a record for that! Continue reading
September 8, 2014
Writing Prompt: Your biggest fashion disaster . . . or worst outfit your parents made you wear?
Back-to-school means showing your fashion style. But do your parents offer a few friendly “suggestions” on what to wear? We know sometimes this can end in disaster . . . and sometimes a great story!
My mom made me wear itchy wool skirts and sweaters to school and they were SO uncomfortable! It got so bad I started wearing tights and shorts under them to relieve the itch. Let’s just say it was not a pretty sight!
What about you guys? Something mismatched? Something that ripped apart in front of your classmates (gasp!)? For today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know . . .
You know where to leave the answers . . . in the Comments below. Can’t wait to read all your stories!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer
September 2, 2014
Writing Prompt: How does reading open your world and make new things possible?
Scholastic has a new mission about the power of books and reading called Open a World of Possible. Did you ever feel pulled into the pages of a book you were reading? Like that book . . . or a combination of all the books you read . . . turned you into a different person?
Reading can change our lives. It can be magical. We can get lost in the pages of a good book. It can open our eyes to people and situations we never knew. It can make us laugh. Pass hours of boredom away. Make us want to right the wrongs in the world. Make us want to create our own adventures. Help us to grow up. Or help us be a kid just a little longer.
So for today’s Writing Prompt, we want to know:
How does reading open your world and make new things possible?
Watch these Open a World of Possible videos for inspiration and let us know how reading has shaped your life. Can’t wait to see your responses in the Comments below.
-Ratha, Stacks Writer
September 1, 2014
Writing Prompt: Back-to-School Must-Haves!
It’s official. We are back to school, and in order to have a good year, a kid needs new stuff! You’ve probably made trips to the usual places for the usual supplies like pencils, notebooks, a backpack . . . maybe some fancy pens or book covers. Maybe you absolutely NEED a mirror inside your locker. (We get it. How can you focus on learning if you’re afraid your hair looks bad?) We want to know what school supplies are essential for you. So for today’s Writing Prompt, in the spirit of Back-to-School, we’re asking . . .
Whether it’s the usual or the unusual, leave your must-haves in the Comments below!
-Ratha, STACKS Writer