Teachers are invited to have their students enter the American Freedom Essay Contest to win a free field trip of Historic Philadelphia for their entire class.
In honor of Constitution Day, The Constitutional Walking Tour wants students to give their views about American freedom. The American Freedom Essay Contest challenges educators to get their students to write a 100-300 word essay on the importance of freedom in their lives. Entries will be judged in Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories with the winner in each category earning a free field trip with The Constitutional Walking Tour for his/her class.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR EDUCATORS
- Step 1 - Review The Constitutional's many free educational resources available at by visiting www.TheConstitutional.com/1787.
- Step 2 - Prepare for the contest by having your students find an example of a freedom like Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Assembly in The Philadelphia Inquirer or your local hometown newspaper.
- Step 3 - Have your students write their own individual essays on "How a particular American freedom (i.e., Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Vote, Freedom of Assembly) makes people's lives better."
Elementary School Students (grades 1-5) are required to write an essay of approximately 100 (one hundred) words. Middle School Students (grades 6-8) and High School Students (grades 9-12) are required to write an essay not to exceed 300 (three hundred) words.
- Step 4 - Collect the essays from your students.
Note: All entries for grades 3-12 must be typed. Entries for grades 1-2 can either be typed or handwritten in neat legible writing, by an adult if necessary.
- Step 5 - Review the Contest Terms & Conditions
- Step 6 - Submit the essays from your students by Friday, October 13, 2017.
All entries can either be submitted online at www.TheConstitutional.com/essay or via the U.S. Mail to the address below:
American Freedom Essay Contest
c/o The Constitutional Walking Tour
P.O. Box 2066
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Please note that each essay entry submitted via U.S. Mail must also include the contest entry form (PDF format). Handwritten entries from grades 1-2 must be submitted in hard copy along with the contest entry form via U.S. Mail to the address above.
USE THE NEWS to prepare for the contest by finding an example of a freedom like Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Vote or Freedom of Assembly in The Philadelphia Inquirer or your local newspaper. Write how this freedom makes people's lives better.
Winners are usually announced some time in early December each year.
You can read previous years' winning entries in the American Freedom Essay Contest by clicking here.
Entries become the property of The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia and may be published. Please read the contest's full terms and conditions.
To sumbit essays online, please complete the form below. Alternatively, you can mail in your hard copy essay submission along with a completed entry form - Click here for mail-in details (PDF Format). For questions, call 215.525.1776 or email us at info@TheConstitutional.com.
Deadline for entries is Friday, October 13, 2017.
Meigs Magnet School, Nashville, TN
Sponsoring Station: WNPT, Nashville, TN
We all are very lucky to live in this wonderful country, America. People in other countries all around the world wish to live here and to enjoy the freedom we enjoy every day.
I feel fortunate that I was born in America. I think America is the best country in the world. We have freedom, equality, and justice. Some countries in the world still have slavery, and unjust treatment. America doesn't believe in that.
I think it is wonderful growing up in America. You get to see people from all different parts of the world, together, living in one country. Everyone is equal under the law in America. There will always be prejudice and hate, but they are not tolerated in the U.S.
To live in the United States is a great privilege. If you think about it hard, you will realize you are one of the luckiest people in the world to be living in such a great country that lets you have equal rights and freedom.
The United States is the land of opportunity. I really like being able to learn about other people's ethnicities and heritage. I have friends that are from all around the world. One is from Lithuania, another from Africa, even one from Israel. Their families came to America to get freedom and a better life.
America to me in one word is "Home". I would rather live in America than any other country in the world. Growing up in America has been a great experience. I am very glad I don't have to live in a country without freedom or equality.
Not everyone always gets along in America. Even though some people have disputes, Americans have legal ways to work things out. We have a court system to settle disputes. Our laws are passed by individuals we elect.
What really makes our country great is our Constitution. It lets us each have individual rights. That allows us to succeed with what we want to do in America. If we didn't have a Constitution, people in America would not have equal rights.
In conclusion, I love America. It is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Equality and justice are what make this country special. America is a special country because of the people living in it. The United States of America is a great country, and I am proud of it.