Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

November 1, 2015
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For students in grades 6 through 8

The Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is open to student in grades 6 through 8. You must write an essay between 300 words and 400 words.

The 2015-16 theme is: What Freedom Means to Me

The essay should be submitted with an entry form.



The Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.


  • Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.
  • Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.
  • Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.

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