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.
- 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 18, 2013.
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 18, 2013.