Contests about the American Revolution

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If you are teaching about the American Revolution, there are 3 contests sponsored by National Society, Sons of the American Revolution you may want your students to participate in.

1. Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

3rd, 4th and 5th graders can participate. Winners are chosen at the school, local chapter, state and finally National level. (Homeschoolers and Boy and Girl Scouts can also participate.) The details of this year’s topic together with the entry form can be found here.

2. The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

This contest is for 9th – 12th graders who need to prepare a 5-6 minute speech on a subject dealing with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War. In addition, the student needs to show how this relates to America today. Chapter, State and National winners will be selected, and many chapters offer prizes to their winners. More details can be found on their website.

3. George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

This essay contest is for 10th, 11th and 12th graders. It also starts at the local Chapter and then progresses to State and National Society levels. Students submit essays that deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Sample essays and the rules can be found here.

Please be sure to contact your local chapter of Sons of the Revolution to find out their exact deadlines and what prizes they offer. The easiest way to do this to start off by emailing your State contact and asking them to supply you with your local Chapter’s information. I did this and have found all the people I have emailed with exceptionally nice and helpful.

Please come back and post if your children / students participate in any of these contests about the American Revolution and let us hear about your experiences.

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