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Watch the Video by going to the link – Stossel in the Classroom – What’s Great About America? Essay Contest

Then answer the Essay Topic at the bottom of this page. But first the rules:

  • All essays must be submitted by a teacher (homeschool teachers qualify) on behalf of the student(s).
  • All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Essays should be saved as a text file (no formatting), which can be copied and pasted into our online form. If students feel the need to italicize or bold any text, they may use <i> or <b> at the beginning of sections to be italicized or bolded and </i> or </b> to indicate the end of italics or bold.
    Submission of essays constitutes permission for Stossel in the Classroom to post winning essays on our web site if we so choose.
  • Essays will be judged on their ability to answer the topic question in an articulate, clear, and organized manner, using examples from Mr. Stossel’s video, “What’s Great About America” to support their analysis. Stossel in the Classroom will evaluate essay submissions in a fair and unbiased two-round judging system, where judges will all use a set rubric. Judges will be selected by Stossel in the Classroom based on their backgrounds and expertise in education, writing, and the subject matter.More than 120 students will receive CASH PRIZES totaling $14,000. First and second place winners will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, an adult chaperone each, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL. Click this link for complete rules and submission information.


What qualities make America a great nation?
Are the criticisms of America discussed in the video valid?
Does the video successfully counter these charges?
Support your analysis with at least two examples from the video.

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