2016 UNA-USA Queens Chapter High School Essay Contest
Open to all high school students in Queens, NY
Theme: UN Sustainable Development Goals affect your life in the US
Awards, reception, and ceremony for participants.
Prizes for best essays.
Topic: On October 24, 2016, the United Nations will celebrated its 71th Anniversary. This year we will begin acting upon the Sustainable Develop Goals. Please write an essay, using your opinion, backed up by facts from research, of between 200 and 400 words to answer the following question:
How will one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals affect your life in the US?
You can begin your research at:
You must choose unbiased, reliable, sources and use footnotes and attach citations (references).
Please email your paper as an attachment (Word or Word compatible) to
before November 17, 2016.
Put the words UNAessay in the subject line of your e-mail. This will ensure that your essay does not go into spam and that it will be saved successfully.
Name your essay your surname (family name) followed by your first name. Example: BrownCharles.
Do not use a header with your name on the document. Do not put your name on the first page of the text. Use a separate page to put the following: your full name, your email, your telephone number, your school and grade. If this is a class assignment, please include your teacher’s name and email or telephone number. Thank you.
How essays will be judged.
UNDERSTANDING OF THE ISSUE (0-25 Points)
An outstanding essay will demonstrate that the student understands and has conducted research on the topic at hand. Essays should not include factual errors. The essay should also present a clear central argument or thesis.
ABILITY TO GRASP THE GLOBAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE ISSUE (0-20 Points)
The student is expected to understand the issue from an international perspective. This includes understanding how the issue relates to the UN’s work and how it affects the global community.
ORIGINALITY IN APPROACH AND TREATMENT OF THE TOPIC (0-15 points)
While students are expected to conduct research and cite information that supports their arguments, they should not only repeat ideas from other sources but should thoughtfully argue their own points and develop their own ideas.
ABILITY TO ESTABLISH A CONVINCING AND COHERENT LINE OF ARGUMENT (0-10 points)
Students should not simply list ideas on the topic of the essay question. Instead, they should develop an argument that consistently and effectively justifies their overall thesis. This thesis should be clearly stated.
CLARITY AND EFFECTIVENESS OF STYLE AND ORGANIZATION (0-10 points)
Essays should be grammatically correct and accurate in terms of spelling and word usage. Essays should present information in a clear and logical manner.
EVIDENCE OF RESEARCH AND USE OF BIBLIOGRAPHY (0-10 points)
While essays should reflect the individual ideas of each student, they must also give evidence that the student has conducted outside research. A well-written essay will include several quotes and/or paraphrases which should be used in order to develop or support the student's own ideas.
Students must also properly cite all information taken from other sources. Citations must in some way include the following information: author, title of work, publisher, date, title of publication or organization if printed in a periodical/journal/website, issue number if relevant, page number if relevant, and web address if relevant. Students may display citations in parentheses or in numbered footnotes or endnotes.
ADHERENCE TO FORMAT AND LENGTH RULES (0-10 points)
Essays must be 1,500 words or less (approximately 4-5 pages), typed and double-spaced, with citations and a bibliography page.
The United States of America, United Nations’ Association (UNA/USA) Queens Chapter is again sponsoring a High School Essay Contest for all high school students in Queens.
Writing essays, as you know, helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills, practice writing and learn new facts. We are always amazed at what cogent arguments and novel solutions that students, even those who are new to English, can produce in response to a topic. We think that every student can benefit from this competition.
The process is simple: make your students aware of the contest, the rules, and the instructions. They must send us the essays directly by e-mail. If this is to be a class assignment, they can be e-mailed as a group by the instructor.
Students are asked to invite their teachers, school administrators, and families to the award ceremony or you may contact us directly for details.
, is the deadline for essay submissions. The Awards Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for
We are looking forward to the participation of your students.
Chair of the Education Committee
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