The state winners in the three age categories are:
Level I, grades 4-6
Level II, grades 7-8
Level III, grades 9-12
Judges selected the winning entries from 462 submissions statewide in three separate age categories. To enter, young readers write personal letters to authors explaining how their work changed their views of the world or themselves. Readers selected authors from any genre—from fiction or nonfiction, contemporary to classic. The program has three competition levels: upper elementary, middle school and secondary. The contest theme encourages young readers to explore their responses to a book and then express those responses in a creative, original way. Montana finalists each receive a cash prize, and state first-place winners each receive a $50 gift card to Target Stores. First-place winners also were entered in the national contest.
This year’s LAL state judges were English Professor Penny Hughes-Briant at The University of Great Falls, Missoula author Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Professor of English Emeritus Sharon Beehler at MSU-Bozeman, and Humanities Montana Program Assistant Samantha Dwyer. Guidelines for the 2013 Letters About Literature program will be posted in August on the Humanities Montana website.
Guidelines for the 2013 Letters About Literature program will be posted in mid- to late-August on this website. For more information, including free teaching resources to guide students through the reader response and writing process, visit the program website at www.lettersaboutliterature.org. Humanities Montana salutes school children, parents, school librarians and teachers across the state for their enthusiasm for literature and the humanities through Letters About Literature.
Re. Letters About Literature...
"Your writing program...has taken on a value far greater than any single assignment. It facilitates a powerful reading/writing connection, it opens doors to many valuable conversations in our classroom about personal experience and the way we see the world."
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