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Prompt for K-Grade 2

Clara Ester said that for everyone to be treated equal, “it has to be through love, building relationships with other people, and trying to make a difference.” Show/tell how-you can help people be treated equally through “love, building relationships, and trying to make a difference”.

Essay Prompt for Grades 3-5

Read the  attached background  and interview transcript from Clara Ester and then analyze the following quote from the interview. (Our hope is that teachers, parents, and other adults will read and discuss the attached background and interview transcript with the children of this age group and discuss the meaning of the quote with them).

“But amazingly, we talk about that dream, his (Martin Luther King Jr.) dream is our dream.”

What was Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream and how is it still our dream today?

Essay Prompt for Grades 6-8

Read the attached background and interview transcript from Clara Ester and then analyze  the following quote from her.

“So” I ask myself often: Where do we go from here? It has to be through love, building relationships with other people, and trying to make a difference. And speaking out. We  have to start speaking out.”

Clara Ester gives us four ways to help build equality-love, building relationships, trying to make a difference, and speaking out. Which of these do you believe has the greatest impact to build equality for human kind.

Essay Prompt for Grades 9-12

Read the attached background and interview transcript from Clara Ester and then analyze the following quote from her.

In another interview. Clara Ester said that every April 4 since the  assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. has been difficult for her to bear, in part because pictures from the  assassination scene are re-circulated in the news media. At times she believes it is even more difficult to deal with now.

“Primarily because we have circled back to where we may have been 50 years ago…”

Support or refute Clara Ester’s claim that “we have circled back to where we may have been 50 years ago. . . “. Have we circled back? If so, how? If not, what progress have we  made?

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2016-2017 Writing Prompts:  I Have A Dream

Grades K-2:

Dr. King is sharing a dream of what the world would look like if everyone got along.  Show/Tell how your dream world would look if everyone were treated nicely and with respect.  (May include illustration.)

Grades 3-5:

If Dr. King’s dream from his “I Have a Dream” speech came true, how would your school and community look different?  How would people treat each other? What would make Dr. King the most proud?

Grades 6-8:

What words, phrases, or sections of Dr. King’s speech do you find the most powerful and why?  Are they still powerful today?  How so?

Grades 9-12:

Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech identifies the goals of the Civil Rights Movement to overcome segregation and racism. What are the new dreams of your generation in terms of justice and equality in America? What will it take for your generation to overcome?

Guidelines for the Essays

Length and style:

K-2 – May be submitted in words or pictures

Grades 3-5 – An essay between 150-200 words

Grades 6-8 – An essay between 250-350 words

Grades 9-12 – An essay not to exceed 500 words

Format:

The essay may be handwritten or produced on a computer in 12 pt font
Submitting the essays:  Individual essays should be accompanied by a separate but completed entry form, copy attached.  If submissions are coming from a class in school, we ask that teachers number each essay from the class and include entry forms with numbers which match the essays in a separate folder or envelope.
Copyright:  All essays become the property of MTFD which reserves the right to publish all essays.

Judging Criteria:

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:  Content and clarity of expression-30%;  Originality-20%;  Development of topic-30%;  Grammar, spelling and other mechanics-20%.
Prizes:  A cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winner in each age group.
Winners and at least one adult family member will be expected to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at 1st Presbyterian Church at 7:00 am, to present his or her essay.

Deadline for Entries is Friday, December 2, 2016

Hamblen County Schools return to Mr. Clement’s Office

Others should mail to:  Morristown Task Force on Diversity, c/o Rose Center, 442 W. Second North St., Morristown, TN 37814

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History:   Beginning in 2010, our local newspaper, the Citizen-Tribune,  began sponsoring an essay contest for three age levels of Hamblen County students: High School, Middle School and Elementary School. Prompts for essays at each grade level were provided by the school system. Members of the Morristown Task Force on Diversity served as readers and judges.  An award of $100 was presented to the winner in each category at the annual MLK Community Celebration and Breakfast by Editor, Mike Fishman.  Each winner was invited to read his or her essay,.

In 2013, there were well over 300 submissions of essays from Hamblen County students. In 2014, there were 500 entrants and last year, in 2015, there were over 800 entrants. Additionally the contest was opened to K-2 students who were invited to provide a drawing and a few words in response to their prompt.

Teachers used the essay contest to promote critical thinking in line with state Language Arts requirements for students. Awards were presented at the Annual MLK Breakfast by the editor of the newspaper, Michael Fishman.

2016 Essay Contest :  A complete packet with detailed instructions and a copy of Dr King’s “I Have a Dream” speech may be downloaded by clicking here  (2016 Essay Contest Packet

In  summary, the essay prompts for 2016 are:

Prompt for K-Grade 2:

Dr. King dreamed of a peaceful world where everyone is treated fairly. Show/Tell how we can be fair and treat people equally.  (May include illustration.)

Essay Prompt for Grades 3—5

(We hope that teachers, parents or other adults will read  or watch Dr. King’s speech with children of this age group and talk together about what they hear as well as these questions before the students write their essays.)

Using evidence from the text of the speech, answer the following question: “If Dr. King were with us today, what about our world would make him proud? Where would he say we have more work to do?”

Essay Prompt for Grades 6—8

Read Dr. King’s speech,  “I Have a Dream .” In this speech, Dr. King identifies several goals he hopes his speech will achieve. Identify two of those goals and tell how we have made progress toward those goals since the speech was given.

Essay Prompt for Grades 9—12

Read Dr. King’s speech, “I Have a Dream.”  What does Dr. King mean when he used the metaphor “sit down at the table of brotherhood?” How do we as an American society live up to this metaphor? What are the next steps for America in achieving a society that reflects this vision?

The Deadline for entries is Friday, Dec 11, 2015

Mail to: Morristown’s Task Force on Diversity,
c/o The Rose Center,
442 W. Second North Street.
Morristown, TN 37814
Pictured here are the 2016 MLK Essay Winners, their teachers and/or principals and the keynote speaker. Front row, left to right, are Lainey Chandler (Grades 3 - 5 winner); Ashley Sadlon (K-2 winner); Nadia Lopez (Middle School winner). Jake Gibson, High School winner is standing behind the girls. Photo by Chuck Hale; published in the Citizen Tribune, January 19, 2016.

Pictured here are the 2016 MLK Essay Winners, their teachers and/or principals and the keynote speaker. Front row, left to right, are Lainey Chandler (Grades 3 – 5 winner); Ashley Sadlon (K-2 winner); Nadia Lopez (Middle School winner). Jake Gibson, High School winner is standing behind the girls. Photo by Chuck Hale; published in the Citizen Tribune, January 19, 2016.

For a history of this contest and the details of the 2016 contest, please click on the sub-menu titled Essay Contest Details.

Congratulations to the winners, to their teachers and to their parents.  While MTFD played a significant role in coordinating the contest, thanks really belong to Hugh Clement, Assistant Director of Hamblen County Schools and the 57 teachers who worked with 791 students who submitted essays.  And providing an equally essential and heavy effort was the local newspaper, the Citizen-Tribune, and its managing editor, John Gullion. The Citizen-Tribune sponsored the contest and provided extraordinary and extensive coverage of the event. And John not only met with MTFD, but read essays and presented the Citizen-Tribune awards to the winners at the breakfast.  Whew! Huge participation!