A Challenge to Do the Write Thing
The Do the Write Thing Challenge offers 7th and 8th grade students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives and to communicate in writing what they think should be done to prevent this type of violence. The Challenge emphasizes personal responsibility by encouraging students to make a committment to take positive steps to change the problem. Ultimately, the program strives to help students break the cycle of violence in their homes, schools and neighborhoods
2016 Lesson Plans and Instructions
- An invitation from Governor Herbert (New)
- Instructions (New)
- Student Entry Form (New)
- Teacher's Survey (New)
- Lesson Plan 1
- Lesson Plan 2
- Lesson Plan 3
Submission deadline | Thursday, December 10, 2015
Students Who Accepted the Challenge
Do the Write Thing is not about winning a prize. It is an essential part of a long-term strategy to help students and adults better understand each other and work together to prevent youth violence.
- Do the Write Thing 2015
- Do the Write Thing 2014
- Do the Write Thing 2013
- Do the Write Thing 2012
- Do the Write Thing 2011
- Do the Write Thing 2010
- Do the Write Thing 2009
- Do the Write Thing 2008
- Do the Write Thing 2007
- Do the Write Thing 2006
- Do the Write Thing 2005
- Do the Write Thing 2004
- Do the Write Thing 2003
Sample Curriculum for Teachers
Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the Challenge into their regular classroom curriculum. Ideas for the classroom could include:
- English: Use as an essay or poetry-writing assignment;
- Health: Discuss personal safety and well-being of others;
- Civics: Conduct an exercise on personal and civic responsibility;
- History: Use a historical perspective to examine youth violence.
How the Challenge Works
The Challenge kicks off in October, National Crime Prevention Month. All seventh and eighth grade students are invited to participate.
- Classroom Discussion: Begin in October . Teachers are encouraged to make the Challenge a part of regular classroom instruction.
- Writing Assignment And Entry Submission: Entry deadline is Thursday, December 10, 2015 . Students complete an essay or poem and teachers select the top four (4) essays (2 boys and 2 girls) from each class period for the competition.
- Judging And Selection Of Winners: Members of UBJJ and college students from throughout Utah will conduct initial reviews. A panel of VIP judges will select National and State Finalists.
- State Awards Luncheon: April. Contest finalists, their teachers and parents will be invited to attend an awards luncheon where national finalists will be announced.
- National Recognition Week: July, in Washington D.C. The winning students, their teacher and parent will be sent to participate with winners from across the country in the National Recognition Week.
Agency hours: 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday.
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