The New York Times Learning Network is an incredible resources for teachers and students, and I’m not just saying that because I wrote a ton of posts for them about teaching English Language Learners.

They just announced their calendar of contests for teenagers and middle-schoolers, and it’s an amazing list.

They’re wonderful opportunities for students to write/create for an audience other than the teacher.

But, even if you don’t want to have your students participate in the contest (maybe the timing doesn’t work for you), the contests offer a wealth of great lesson ideas, including a zillion models of winning entries from previous years.

I’m adding this info to The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”