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05/17/17
2017 Winners Announced

Students From Across America

Win Top National Honors

in 19th Annual State-Fish Art Contest

Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 State-Fish Art Contest from across the nation.
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02/01/17
Casting for Entries!

Casting for Entries!

Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art

is fishing for 2017 entries   

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excerpt from 2012 winning essay


FISH MAKE YOU SMARTER™

WRITING TIPS from TAMERA

by Tamera Will Wissinger

author of GONE FISHING: a Novel in Verse

Hi Students!
The writing part of State-Fish Art

gives you the chance to show the judges
how "Fish Make You Smarter."

 Tamera Will Wissinger image
Tamera gave workshops at the 2013 EXPO
I hope you were able to attend one!

Here are ideas to help you write about your chosen state-fish:

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SAY?
Once you choose a fish to illustrate and write about, you’ll learn tons about your fish. You’ll know what your fish looks like, where it lives, how it acts, what it eats, what is important for it to stay strong, how people are helping it, and more. Maybe you visited a lake, a stream, or a hatchery where your fish was born.

 When you are ready to write about your fish, spend some quiet time thinking about what you’ve learned. What do you like most about this fish? What is it about this fish that is exciting to you? What do you want to tell others about it? If you’ve been making notes, highlight what jumps out at you. Narrow your ideas to what you think are the most interesting, important facts about your fish.  

HOW DO YOU WANT TO SAY IT?
The way you write about your fish is up to you. Here are some ideas:   
  • Write a report, essay or story using the fish facts and info you have learned
    • Use amazing details to write a true story about your fish
    • Interview a conservation worker and write an essay that describes how his or her work helps your fish
    • Write a news article-style about your fish.  Include: Who, What When, Where, How and Why
  • Write a story or poem that includes true details about your fish.
    • Tell a fish story.  Include a beginning, middle and end.
    • Create a rhyming or non-rhyming fish poem.  You might choose an acrostic poem, a shape poem, a list poem or even a few haikus to tell about
    • Make a journal entry pretending that you are a conservation worker
    • Write as though you are talking to your fish, or let your fish do the talking
These are only a few ideas.  It's okay if you want to write a traditional essay or if you want to use another writing style that isn't listed.  Just remember to follow the checklist below.

FISH MAKE YOU SMARTER Writing Checklist
Here is a short checklist of writing guidelines.  Use this list to make sure your writing entry follows the rules:
  • Show what you know.  Be sure to mention some of those fish facts - 
    • where and how your fish lives, how it behaves, what it needs to survive
  • Keep it short whether it is an essay, a story or a poem - one side of one page is the max
  • Write it yourself - no copycats allowed!
  • Handwrite or type - either is okay as long as the judges can read what you wrote
  • You can decorate your essay but be sure to not overdo it...your writing is the focus here
  • Remember to add your name, state and grade on the BACK of the page

Good luck and have fun showing the judges how your fish has made you smarter!

CLICK HERE  -  Details & Criteria for the Fish Make You Smarter Award

 Be sure to visit Tamera's website and
learn about  her new book GONE FISHING

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