Check out the Bill of Rights Institute’s Being an American Essay Contest, which asks students how the Constitution protects a culture of liberty in a way that challenges them to dig into the Constitution and Founding principles.
Students will respond to the essay prompt: How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty in a 1,000 words or less. The Contest has an accompanying lesson plan that can be used in two 45-minute class periods or one 90-minute period and meets Common Core Standards.
The Contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Five top prizes of $1,000 will be awarded as well as over $5,000 in other cash prizes. The essay submission deadline is December 15, 2011 at 11:59 PM (PST). Teacher submitters will receive $100 for each winning essay they submit.
Check out the Contest website for more information –