Five St. Brigid of Kildare School students advanced to the state level competition in the Letters about Literature Writing Contest.

Five St. Brigid of Kildare School students advanced to the state level competition in the Letters about Literature Writing Contest.

The Letters about Literature Writing Contest is sponsored by the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and co-sponsored at the state level by the Ohio Center for the Book in Cleveland. This contest is a writing opportunity where language arts standards are integrated, allowing students to express their personal feelings about a book and its affect on them. Students were asked to write a letter to an author, living or deceased, explaining how the author's book has changed their way of thinking. Judging criteria was based on a five point scale or rubric and included three areas: exposition (use of language skills, organization, grammar), content (addressing the theme) and voice (style and originality of expression).

St. Brigid sixth grade students whose letters advanced to state level judging, along with the author and book title used for their letters are as follows: Claire Canute (Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor), Elizabeth D'sa (Breakaway by Andrea Montalbano), Kate Griffin (Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan), Jacqueline McCully (Skinny by Donna Cooner) and Clare Pavell (All These Things by Gabrielle Zevin).

The top state finalists will have their letters published in the Letters about Literature booklet.

The first place winner in each state is provided with a trip to Washington D.C. to be honored and to receive his/her award at the Library of Congress.