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UIL Academics                                 7th and 8th Grade                                5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

For Elementary                                The Editorial Writing Contest is designed        The maps, graphs & charts contest is
to develop the persuasive writing skills of      designed to help students learn to get
and Middle                                    the participants. Students must advocate         information from a variety of maps,
a specific point-of-view in response to a        graphs and charts including world maps,
Schools                                       prompt. Seventh and eighth-grade                 pie charts, bar charts and local area
students have 45 minutes in which to             maps. The objective test will measure
complete their editorials.                       skills such as using a reference book to
Objectives and synopsis of                                                                     locate information, making comparisons,
each contest                                  A+ Impromptu Speaking
estimating and approximating, using
7th and 8th Grade
scale and interpreting grid systems,
legends and keys.
A+ Calculator Applications
6th, 7th, and 8th Grade                       This contest provides opportunities for
students in grades 7 and 8 to evaluate           Students will be given an objective test
The calculator applications contest is        speeches given by others; to explore the         containing approximately 75 multiple
designed to stimulate the development of      use of the voice and body in speaking            choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank
mathematical and calculator skills for        situations; to examine the different             questions which must be answered in 45
students in grade 6, 7 and 8. Goals are       purposes for speaking; to organize ideas;        minutes.
both intellectual and practical: developing   to prepare and deliver various speeches;
mathematical reasoning and knowledge          and to develop self-confidence.                  A+ Mathematics
and requiring the application of problem-                                                      6th, 7th, and 8th Grade
solving skills toward realistic problems.
The contest consists of problems which        Contestants will draw three topics and
may include calculations involving            have three minutes to prepare a speech,          Students begin taking math in
addition, subtraction, multiplication,        which must be presented without any              elementary school and continue taking it
division, roots, and powers. It also          notes. The contest gives participants            in high school. Learning to complete
includes straight-forward calculation         experience in thinking, organizing,              math problems quickly is a valuable skill
problems, and simple geometric and            formulating clear thoughts, and delivering       in all facets of life including engineering,
stated problems similar to those found in     those thoughts to an audience                    accounting, completing a tax return and
recently adopted textbooks.                   effectively.                                     even grocery shopping. This contest
includes problems covering, but not
limited to: numeration systems,
A+ Creative Writing                           A+ Listening
5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade
arithmetic operations involving whole
2nd Grade                                                                                      numbers, integers, fractions, decimals,
exponents, order of operations,
The contest is designed to promote            The listening contest is designed to help        probability, statistics, number theory,
creativity in an academic format and to       students in grades 5,6,7 and 8 recognize         simple interest, measurements and
encourage writing skills at an early grade    the importance of effective listening skills     conversions. Geometry and algebra
level. Through preparation for the            and to identify problems they may have           problems may be included as appropriate
contest, students in second grade will be     in listening effectively. It also provides a     for the grade level.
able to evaluate their own writing and the    challenging format to test the
writing of others. Contestants will be        improvement of their listening abilities.
Through preparation for the contest,             The contest, designed for students in
given a prompt with several captioned                                                          grade 6, 7 and 8, consists of 50 multiple
pictures. From these pictures, the            participants will listen actively to a variety
of material and learn to analyze and             choice problems.
students will create an original story
based on their selections in 30 minutes.      evaluate a speaker's message critically.
The stories must contain at least one of      Tests will include, but not necessarily be       A+ Modern Oratory
the pictured items, but it is not required    limited to, language arts, fine arts, natural    7th and 8th Grade
that all items on the page be included.       sciences and social studies. The
objective tests will measure skills such as
In Modern Oratory, the seventh and
identifying the main idea and supporting         eighth grade contestants will select one
A+ Dictionary Skills                          ideas, drawing conclusions,
5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade                                                                    of the topics, determine the critical issues
distinguishing fact from opinion, and            in the topic, and acknowledge both pro
mastering other listening and thinking           and con points citing support discovered
Thorough knowledge of the dictionary is       skills.
a way to increase a student's ability to                                                       in their research. Students will choose a
find the information that is needed for                                                        side they will defend and support that
class work as well as everyday living.                                                         side with additional evidence. Along with
Each test consists of 40 objective and                                                         the skills of analysis, research, note-
short answer questions to be completed                                                         taking, documentation, evaluation and
in 20 minutes. Contestants use                                                                 decision-making are those of delivery
dictionaries during the competition, which                                                     and the skill of memorization.
may be tabbed. Contest questions cover
word origins and histories, parts of
speech, pronunciation, variant spellings,
plurals, alphabetizing and other such
elements. Test questions are also taken
from charts, tables and lists contained in
the dictionary.
A+ Music Memory                                A+ Ready Writing                                 A+ Spelling
3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade                   3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade           3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

The focus of the Music Memory contest                                                           The spelling contest is designed to give
is an in-depth study of fine pieces of         Texas has put a great emphasis on                students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
music literature taken from a wide             writing skills at all levels of school and all   exposures to a wide variety of vocabulary
spectrum of music genres to expose             levels of state-wide testing. Ready              words. It is not a contest of
students to great composers, their lives       Writing, a contest for students in grades        memorization. Emphasis is placed on the
and their music. In the course of              3, 4,5,6,7 and 8, builds upon those skills       rules of the English language, meanings
preparing for the contest, students            and helps students refine their writing          and definitions, and root words. In
should be given the opportunity to             abilities. In particular, this contest helps     addition to learning to spell proficiently,
describe and analyze the music, relate         them to learn to write clearly and               contestants will learn to write clearly and
the music to history, to society and to        correctly a paper that is interesting and        to capitalize words properly.
culture, and to evaluate musical               original.
performance. Students will listen to
A+ Storytelling
approximately 20 seconds of up to 20                                                            2nd and 3rd Grade
Contestants are given a choice between
musical selections and identify the name
two prompts which define the audience,
of the major work, selection and the
and provides the purpose for writing.            To tell a story, the participant must
name of the composer.
Students are encouraged to analyze the           develop skills in listening, thinking and
prompts for the purpose of writing, the          speaking. This contest also allows for the
A+ Number Sense                                format, the audience and the point of            development of creative expression,
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade              view.                                            something being given more attention in
the professional world. For practice,
Individuals are called upon every day to       A+ Science                                       teachers can use stories from any good
use their ability to make quick mental         7th and 8th Grade                                children's books or magazines.
calculations to make decisions. The
development of such abilities should be
Emphasis for the Science contest, for            Contestants in the second and third
an integral part of the math curriculum.                                                        grades shall listen to a storyteller read a
students in seventh and eighth grades,
Concepts covered include, but are not
will be placed on knowledge of scientific        brief story (between 600 and 1100 words
limited to: addition, subtraction,                                                              long) only once, and then retell that story
fact, understanding of scientific principles
multiplication, division, proportions, and                                                      in their own words before a judge or
and the ability to think through scientific
use of mathematic notation.                                                                     judges.
problems. The contest was designed to
test not only memory but the ability to
Students will be given a 10-minute, fill-in-   critically think about science and
the-blank test which they must complete
A+ One-Act Play
scientific processes and concepts. Such
without doing calculations on paper or on      concepts include, but are not limited to:
a calculator.                                  matter and energy, equilibrium, force and        Students will have the opportunity to
motion, physical and chemical properties,        work in all aspects of the production of a
the relationship between organisms and           40-minute play. During the production of
A+ Oral Reading
the environment, the components of our           the play they will be able:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade
solar system, the composition of matter
and genetics. The contest will build upon             1.    to satisfy the competitive,
Reading literature out loud provides           the vast body of changing and increasing                    artistic spirit with friendly rivalry
opportunities for students to analyze the      knowledge described by physical,                            among schools, emphasizing
text, to grow and to develop as a              mathematical, and conceptual models.                        high quality performance in this
performer, to communicate a message to
creative art;
an audience and to perform an artistic
Each test will be taken from current                  2.    to foster appreciation of good
creation. The oral reading competition
state-adopted science textbooks and the                     acting, good directing and good
should be an extension of the classroom
curriculum.                                                 drama;
literary and language arts activities in
3.    to promote interest in that art
poetry, short stories and children's
form most readily usable in
fiction.                                        A+ Social Studies                                          leisure time during adult life;
5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade
4.    to learn to lose or win
Students read a selection of poetry or                                                                     graciously, accepting in good
prose. Each selection may be a single          This contest is designed to encourage                       sportsmanship the judge's
piece, a cutting, or a combination of          students to expand their knowledge of                       decision and criticism with a
several selections.                            social studies, particularly in the areas of                view to improve future
history, government systems, economics,                     productions.
citizenship, and culture. Subject matter
used for the test will be taken from             For more information, please contact the
currently adopted social studies                 Houston ISD UIL Department:
textbooks and identified primary sources.
Travis Springfield, Director, UIL Activities,
713-556-6806
Tspringf@houstonisd.org

Don Hernandez, Manager, UIL Activities,
713-556-6909
Dherna13@houstonisd.org

Cyndy Elliott, Manager, UIL Activities,
713-556-7012
celliot1@houstonisd.org

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