About the AETN/PBS Writer's Contest
AETN and PBS KIDS have kicked off the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest; a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. AETN will judge local submissions and send the first place winners from each grade to the national contest for a chance to win prizes. Entries will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations.
Each Arkansas entrant will receive a participation certificate, and 12 winners – three from each grade – will receive an AETN prize pack. In addition, first place winners will be given the opportunity for Clifford the Big Red Dog to visit their school or for their class to tour the AETN studios in Conway. Highlights for Children has also joined the contest as a partner, and all participants may choose to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.
You will find below, downloadable brainstorming activities and resources to help your child break down the process of story writing, along with contest rules and entry form.
CREATIVE WRITING RESOURCES
Story ideas and activity sheets, along with the previous winning entries, are available to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online resources for parents and educators that teaches students the elements of story writing.
To help students start to form ideas for potential stories, download and print the following worksheets. The activities letter outlines the steps to help students get started with easy to follow objectives.