AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST
grade 5, 6, 7, and 8th grade students in a public, private, or parochial school,
or those who are home schooled, are eligible. This contest is conducted without
regard to race, religion, sex, or natural origin.
Number of Words: Grade 5 - 300-600 words
Number of Words: Grade 6-8 - 600-1000 words
(All words count. Title page and bibliography excluded. Dates count as one
is to be handwritten in ink, typed, or prepared on a computer or word processor,
using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14
All of the essay must be the studentís work. Each essay must be the
studentís original work. Each essay must have a title page.
Title page must contain:
full name and address, Street, RR, P.O. Box, City, State and Zip Code.
telephone number with area code and e-mail address if available.
of contestantís school with grade level indicated.
of sponsoring DAR Chapter (Delaware County).
of words in the essay.
Any questions should be directed to Stephanie Herman, Essay Chairperson, DELCO Chapter NSDAR
essay must have a bibliography listing all references utilized. Internet
resources, if used, should be cited in similar format to that used for printed
resources. Add the electronic address used to access the document as
supplementary information. Any essay with information copied directly from
sources without using quotes will be disqualified.
For assistance, please read "How
to Prepare a Bibliography."
Focus on the often unrecognized people and groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided military, patriotic, and public service in support of the American Revolution. Describe a particular person or group and how they supported the cause for American Independence. Explain why it is especially important to honor the unsung heroes and often forgotten patriots.
Title of Essay (to appear on the title page): "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence"
One essay at each grade level is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the state American History chairman for state competition.
All Essays Must Be Submitted by December 14, 2012
For younger readers:
- Marquette, Scott. America at War: Revolutionary War. Rourke Publishing. Vero Beach, FL. 2003.
- Slavicek, Louise. Women In History: Women of the American Revolution. Lucent Books. Thomson Gale Publishers. Farmington Hills, MI. 2003.
- Zeman, Anne and Kate Kelly. Everything You Need to Know About American History Homework. Scholastic Inc. New York, NY. 1994.
- Patrick, Diane. The New York Public Library: Amazing African American History. John Wiley & Sons Inc. New York, NY. 1998.
For older students:
- Burrows, Edwin G. Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War. Basic Books. NY. 2008.
- Berkin, Carol. Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence. Alfred A. Knopf. NY. 2005.
- Ketchum, Richard M. Editor. The American Heritage Book of the Revolution. American Heritage Publishing Co. NY. 1958.
Adherence to subject
Organization of material
Spelling and Grammar
hyperlinks to non-DAR sites are not the responsibility of the NSDAR, the state
organizations, or individual DAR chapters.