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OFFICE OF CHRISTINE LIZARDI FRAZIER

KERN COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Division of Instructional Services

Advocates for Children
BANK OF AMERICA ESSAY AND SPEECH CONTEST


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Date Rec'd________

Essay #___________

Score ____________



NOMINATION FORM – 2013-2014
ATTACH THIS FORM TO THE ESSAY. Essays must be submitted to Teresa Twisselman, at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield, 5th Floor, before 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 7, 2014.
STUDENT'S NAME GRADE

SCHOOL DISTRICT_________________________

SCHOOL ADDRESS ZIP

PRINCIPAL SCHOOL PHONE

SCHOOL FAX NUMBER
A. The guidelines for the essay nomination process are as follows:


  1. Students write informational/expository essays using the topic/time/reference guidelines listed under section B (below) and the information in Items A and B on reverse side.

  2. Each participating school selects and submits (nominates) one essay at each grade level (4th, 5th, & 6th).

  3. This nomination form must be completed and stapled as the cover for each essay submitted.

NO NAMES ON ESSAY PAGES - CONTESTANT’S NAME SHOULD BE ON THIS COVER PAGE ONLY.

  1. Essays must be handwritten by the student, in ink, on lined paper (one side only of each page).

  2. The essays must be submitted to Teresa Twisselman, at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, before 5:00 p.m., on Monday, April 7, 2014. Mail to: 1300 17th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or hand deliver to Teresa on the 5th Floor.

  3. Essays will be judged and ranked by an evaluation panel; writers of the top essays (approximately 8–12 at each grade level) will be invited to present their essays as speeches in the event final on May 8, 2014.

  4. The criteria for judging the essays are as follows: (100 points total)

Organization 20 points

Content (quality of information/argument): 40 points

References (minimum 3) 20 points

Mechanics (grammar, spelling, etc.): 10 points

Neatness: 10 points


  1. RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR ESSAY AND A COPY OF THIS FORM; submitted essays will not be returned.

B. The guidelines for the speech contest are as follows:



  1. Topic: “What is Global Warming? Is it a Serious Threat to Our World?” The full prompt is in sections A and B on the back of this form.

  2. Focus/Purpose: To inform or explain. A speech to inform imparts information on a specific subject. It is expected that the information presented in these speeches is found through research on the topic. .

  3. This speech should not be a dramatic theatrical performance, and should not include singing or choreography. Points will be deducted for a violation of this guideline.

  4. Time: 3 minutes MINIMUM . . . 5 minutes MAXIMUM

  5. Memorization is encouraged; however, a maximum of five 3x5" note cards (notes on one side only) may be used.

  6. No props or costumes may be used.

  7. Student is not to state his/her name or school in the presentation.

  8. The criteria for judging the speech contest are as follows: (100 points total)

Organization 20 points

Content 30 points

References: (minimum 3) 15 points

Poise: 15 points

Delivery: 20 points

Potential Deductions: (rules 3-7) 5 points each




I HAVE READ THE ATTACHED ESSAY; IT CONFORMS TO THE GUIDELINES LISTED ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS FORM.
Student’s Signature:

Parent’s Signature:

Teacher/Coach’s Signature:

Principal’s Signature:




See reverse side for additional information.

OFFICE OF CHRISTINE LIZARDI FRAZIER

KERN COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Division of Instructional Services


Advocates for Children




BANK OF AMERICA ESSAY AND SPEECH CONTEST – 2013-2014
The Bank of America Essay/Speech Contest is for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Each participating school may nominate one essay at each grade (4th, 5th, 6th). There are no regional level contests.

A. INSTRUCTIONS – “What is Global Warming? Is it a Serious Threat to Our World?” Write a research-based, informational essay/speech that addresses these questions. An informational essay/speech is written to inform the audience about the writer’s understanding of the topic based on personal knowledge and research completed. The structure of the informational essay is first to frame the central issue, then include facts and details for focus using information from your own experience and a variety of sources. Be sure to cite, in the context of the speech, at least three different sources you used in your research.  Sources may include personal interviews, articles, reference and other books.  Please be careful when choosing internet resources.  Your sources need to be cited in the text of your essay/speech, e.g., “According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009 Edition…”  Write your essay in black or blue ink on binder paper (using one side of each page). 
B. TO THE TEACHER: The essay/speech contest is an opportunity for students to practice and perfect their language arts skills in the areas of expository writing and public speaking. Essays and speeches should demonstrate proficiency of the CA Common Core State Standards for writing and presenting informational/explanatory reports (Writing Standard 2, Speaking and Listening Standard 4) For information regarding these standards refer to the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, History/Social Studies and Science and Technical Subjects found at www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ . Corresponding standards can be found in the current reading/language arts standards.
Essays/speeches do not require formal footnotes and/or bibliographies, but students must cite at least three different sources in their essay/speech. This should be done in narrative form, i.e. “The Encyclopedia Britannica, 2009 edition, lists…” “An October 4, 2006 NBC newscaster noted…” or “John Jones, in his article ‘Global Warming’ stated…”
Please be sure the student reads and follows the guidelines for this essay/speech contest (in A and B above and on the other side of this form).
C. The schedule for the Bank of America Speech Contest and Awards Presentation is as follows: Competition for grades 4, 5, and 6 will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office, Larry E. Reider Education Center, 2000 K Street, Bakersfield, CA. Students will check-in between 6:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. in the lobby of the Reider Center and then will report directly to their competition rooms. A reception and award presentation for all finalists and guests will be held following the competition in Room 101.
D. Bank of America will award a $45 Russo’s Books gift card for the first place winner, a $30 Russo’s Books gift card for the second place winner, and a $15 Russo’s Books gift card for the third place winner at each grade level. Each student who is invited to and participates in the speech contest will receive a trophy at the awards presentation.
Note to Parents and Educators: The news media may elect to cover all or part of this event, which can include photos, video or text that identifies and may quote the child/student. This news coverage may appear in newspapers, newsletters, on television, radio or other publicly circulated communications. State law permits media access to student competitions and often helps highlight the many wonderful students we have in our county.
For additional information, contact Teresa Twisselman, English-Language Arts Coordinator, at (661) 636-4645 or Christine Goedhart-Humphrey, Student Events Coordinator, at (661) 636-4330.

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