Fall 2019

Grades 6-8

The maximum number of words in the essay for this grade division is 900 and the minimum is 400.
 
To Think About First...

“Whatever our dreams, ideas or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it and then reap the fruits of our labor.” – Oprah Winfrey

Assignment:  

Writing

What do you dream about achieving in your lifetime? In this essay, you will pitch your dream to a panel of investors for “seed money” to invest in your idea. Explain what your dream is, why it is important to you and how much money it will cost. Also explain a 10-year investment plan to grow your investors’ seed money over time to pay for your dream. Include a combination of stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds, explain why you selected each position, and describe why these are promising investments. Is there anything else you could do to help ensure your success?

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Todd Ostrowski - Middle School Teacher

My classes have been participating in the InvestWrite program for about 10 years. I am always amazed by my students' creative writing and their research when reading their essays. This program has helped create stronger class discussions about the essay topic and diversifying investments for the long run. Many of my students have come back years later and asked how they can "really" start investing in the markets.

Ludlow, Massachusetts

Roderick Moore - High School Teacher

InvestWrite allows students to reflect on the learning process by writing about their experience playing The Stock Market Game. Students who participate in The Stock Market Game and the InvestWrite competition are able to explain their investment strategies and explain their recommendations based on what they have learned about saving and investing. This competition allowed students to understand opportunity cost.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Kerry DiFusco - Elementary School Teacher

I have always had such positive experiences with InvestWrite and all that it teaches our students. It fits with standards perfectly and shows exactly what the student knows and what they can do. I believe, 100%, that InvestWrite is the perfect activity to incorporate into the Stock Market Game™ as it truly shows how much students have learned and are able to articulate through writing.

Naperville, Illinois

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Six easy steps to walk you through InvestWrite:

Directions & Steps

 

6

Easy Steps

FIRST, what you need to know about InvestWrite entries.

  • You may submit entries from all Stock Market Game classrooms you teach.

  • Each entry must be an original work, 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.

  • 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 information in “To Think About First” and the “Writing Assignment” with your class and assign essay draft and final dates.

 

  • Since the judges will base their decision on the author's understanding of the subject matter, rationale, 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.

  • 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 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 www.InvestWrite.org to submit your teacher-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. 

Fall 2019  Essay Submission Deadline:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019  (11:59 PM All Time Zones)

 

Eligibility
Criteria:

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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