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Background + Writing Assignment

Spring 2023

Grades 4-5

The maximum number of words in the essay for this grade division is 800 and the minimum is 300.
The maximum number of words in the essay for this grade division is 800 and the minimum is 300.


Teachers who submitted winning essays in the Spring 2023 competition will be notified personally by telephone or email using the contact information provided in your registration. Teachers can expect to hear results approximately 10 to 12 weeks after the close of the competition.

Please check back in September for the Fall 2023 program resources

May Quan - Elementary School Teacher

Through InvestWrite, my students were able to recognize the importance of diversification in their individual portfolios and learn about different charity organizations in the community. With the past InvestWrite topic, my students were glad to have the opportunity to combine their personal experience with their favorite charity and money management. It really made them think and research hard on how to make the existing charity’s money grow at the same time as how to protect its principal as much as possible. They learned that the way to do this is through diversification and managing calculated risks.

Morrisville, North Carolina

Lewis C. Smith III - Elementary School Teacher

With the InvestWrite program, my students see connections all around them. They see the usefulness of their inventive, artistic and analytic talents. Here a mathematical ability and the development of clear and concise expression coincide to generate a real-world argument which students can be proud of.

Romulus, Michigan

Ellen Chenier - Elementary School Teacher

InvestWrite has allowed my students to show what they know about financial literacy and the stock market in an authentic way. They love being recognized for their hard work, and excited about the possibility of winning prizes. The InvestWrite prompt challenge my students to stretch their brains and display a growth mind set. I often hear them react to their success in writing and I see that it gives them confidence to write in other areas. InvestWrite is a great opportunity for teachers to expose their students to expository writing using the financial world as a spring board. The Stock Market Game in conjunction with the InvestWrite essay covers so many standards. It is a win win for your classroom!

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Directions + Steps

Directions & Steps

Six easy steps to walk you through InvestWrite:


Easy Steps

FIRST, what you need to know about InvestWrite entries.

  • You may submit entries from as many of your Stock Market Game students you choose.

  • Each entry must be done individually representing the student's own research, thinking, and writing.


SECOND, share these InvestWrite GUIDELINES with your students.

  • 4-5 grade maximum 800 words (minimum 300 words)

  • 6-8 grade maximum 900 words (minimum 400 words)

  • 9-12 grade maximum 1000 words (minimum 500 words)

  • Please note: only the body of the essay will be included in the word count, the title and the works cited will not count against the specified word limit.

  • The format for references or works cited can be chosen by the teacher/advisor.

  • All essays must be submitted in plain text; no charts, graphs or symbols will be accepted.

  • Students should submit their essays to their teacher electronically or on a flash drive. PDF files cannot be accepted.


THIRD, discuss the “Writing Assignment” with your class and assign essay draft and final dates.


  • Since the judges will base their decision on the author's rationale, understanding of the subject matter and writing style, please do the same when you judge. View Scoring Guidelines & Process. 

  • Make sure you give yourself enough time to read and select entries before the InvestWrite online submission deadline.

FOURTH, read the InvestWrite entries and choose those to submit on behalf of your students.

  • Please Note: There is NO LIMIT to the number of essays you can submit this semester!

  • All submitted entries must address the correct grade level assignment as stated on this website.

  • We recommend you submit essays that reflect or represent a typical grade of a "C" or better or what you consider to be "average or above" performance.

  • Each entry must be submitted through the InvestWrite website to be eligible.

  • Simply cut and paste the entry from any word processing application and paste in the submission space provided upon log in.

  • Identification of the student or teacher/advisor by name or SMG ID in the essay submission space will result in disqualification.

  • If the student has created a title for their essay it must appear at the top of the submitted essay text.

  • If references are cited, please include at the bottom of the submitted essay text.


FIFTH, in addition to student entries, please be prepared with the following information for essay submission.


  • Teacher name

  • Teacher Stock Market Game advisor Username and Password

  • Teacher personal telephone number and email address

  • School name, physical address and phone number

  • Student first name and last initial

  • Student Stock Market Game Team login ID

  • Student grade


This information will help us contact InvestWrite award winners!


SIXTH, return to to submit your teacher/advisor-judged essays. 

  • You may submit your essays all at once or log back in and submit new entries any time before the deadline.

  • You may also return to the website to edit submitted essays prior to the deadline.

  • You will be able to view the list of your submissions and request an email confirmation.

  • Submit all of your essays by or before the essay submission deadline. 

Spring 2023  Essay Submission Deadline:
The Spring 2023 session has closed


  • Teachers and students must be currently registered and participating in the Stock Market Game.

  • Teachers must have a valid teacher/advisor Stock Market Game Username and Password to submit entries.

  • Students entries will require a valid Stock Market Game Team ID.


  • InvestWrite entries that do not meet the eligibility criteria and the “Official Rules” will not be considered.

SIFMA Foundation reserves the right to edit, publish, disseminate, and otherwise use all entries at their discretion. 

Eligibility Criteria
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