Catholic school students in grades 5 – 12 are invited to enter our annual essay contest.
The contest is open to all students in Catholic schools – parochial, private or homeschool. We hope teachers and parents will incorporate this essay contest into their lesson plans and encourage their students to participate.
There are eight divisions:
- For Catholic schools:
- 5th grade Catholic school students
- 6th grade Catholic school students
- 7th/8th grade Catholic school students
- High school Catholic school students
- For Catholic homeschools:
- 5th grade Catholic homeschoolers
- 6th grade Catholic homeschoolers
- 7th/8th grade Catholic homeschoolers
- High school Catholic homeschoolers
5th Grade Students:
Choose a Catholic historical character (born before 1950) from North America (Canada, U.S., Mexico). Write about his or her life and work and why he or she was important to the Church and country. Students may choose a person who was born outside of North America, but who did their important work in North America.
6th Grade Students:
Choose a country other than your home country, that you would like to visit. Research that country’s history and write about two places of historical interest that you would like to visit if you traveled there and why.
7th and 8th Grade Students: (Choose one of these topics)
1. Choose a non-North American historical character (from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia or South America) who lived between 300 A. D. and 1600 A.D. and relate how that person influenced the time and place in which they lived.
2. Choose an historical event that occurred between 300 A.D. and 1600 A.D. (This could be a war, a single battle in a war, a plague, the coronation of a king, the passage of a law or decree, an ecumenical council, a revolution, an invention, a birth or death, a marriage, etc. – but the event must be an historically important event). Describe the event, the key players, its outcome and how it changed history.
High School Students: (choose one of these topics)
1. The year 1618 was the beginning of the 30 Years War in Europe. Research this conflict, identify its causes, why it lasted so long and what were its results. Explain why it was such an important war in the history of Europe.
2. The year 1918 was the end of the World War I. Discuss how this war changed Europe. You may concentrate on one aspect of change – such as economics, politics, religion or culture.
3. Show how World War I lead to changes in the culture of the United States in the 1920s.
4. C. S. Lewis wrote: “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” Explain this quotation, using examples from history.
5. C. S. Lewis wrote: “History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.” Explain this quotation, using examples from history.
NEW GUIDELINE: Teachers may only submit 5 essays, per division, per school. While we want to have every student continue to participate and enjoy the opportunity to write and learn more about history, we are asking the teachers to select the best 5 essays for submission. We will continue to send a letter thanking every member of the class for participating. For further questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For Catholic schools and students:
- 5th grade Catholic school – $100 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
- 6th grade Catholic school – $100 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
- 7th/8th grade Catholic school – $150 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
- High school, Catholic school – $200 to student and $400 gift certificate for the school student attends
- For Catholic homeschools and students:
- 5th grade Catholic homeschoolers – $100 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
- 6th grade Catholic homeschoolers – $100 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
- 7th/8th grade Catholic homeschoolers – $150 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
- High school, Catholic homeschoolers – $200 to student and choice of CTP book for student’s family
- For all winners: Winning essays will be published on the CTP website and social media.
- For the 5/6 divisions, essays should be at least 450 words, but no more than 1,000 words.
- For the 7/8 divisions, essays should be at least 600 words, but no more than 1,500 words.
- For the high school divisions, essays should be at least 800 words, but no more than 2,000 words.
- Essays should be typed, double spaced, 11 pt in Times New Roman font.
- If essays are e-mailed, they must be in PDF format.
- Your writing should be in your own words. If you quote another author (either from a book or the internet), you must cite that author in a footnote or an endnote. Essays that are suspected of plagiarism will be disqualified.
- Essays must include a bibliography or simple list of sources used.
- Wikipedia may not be used as the primary reference material. Wikipedia is useful for an initial familiarization with a topic, but it is not considered a reliable source in academic circles. A Wikipedia article can be useful in providing reference to books and articles which can be used for further research.
An Entry Form must be filled out and attached to each essay.
All mailed essays must be postmarked by midnight, November 17, 2017.
All e-mailed essays must be received by midnight, November 17, 2017, EST.
SUBMIT YOUR ESSAY
Essays can be mailed via USPO to:
Catholic Textbook Project
P.O. Box 1707
Powell, OH 43065
Or they may be sent via email, attached in PDF format to: email@example.com.
Each student’s essay must be e-mailed individually and not gathered into one file.
Please contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org with any of your questions.