LearnZillion EL Education 20/21 Student Work Contest

Language Arts Solution, Literacy Solution, Curriculum and Instruction Solution: LearnZillion EL Education K–8 Language Arts

When students and teachers engage in work that is challenging, adventurous, and meaningful, learning and achievement flourish. LearnZillion EL Education empowers teachers and students to achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world. Through high-quality curriculum and teacher leadership, students demonstrate craftsmanship and create complex, authentic work, deserving of recognition. Help us recognize your students’ high quality work!

How it works

  1. Identify the student work sample(s) you’d like to submit. You don’t need to be a LearnZillion customer, but work samples must be from the EL Education curriculum.
  2. Download the Official Contest Rules and Parental Consent Form and get it signed by your student’s parent or guardian.
  3. Compile your submission materials into one shareable folder. Be sure to follow the guidelines in the “How do I submit student work?” section below.
  4. Complete the submission form by the deadline provided below.
  5. Stay tuned! All work will be reviewed by a panel of judges to select a group of finalists and one winner per grade and module. We will notify finalists and winners by email.

How do I share my student’s work?

Student work must be uploaded at the time you complete your application form. Please compile the items below in one shareable folder (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox) and make sure permissions are set to share. All materials must be clearly labeled with the last name of the person submitting, the grade level, module number, and the title of the work. For example: Jones_G2_M4_My First Discovery

All submissions MUST include:
  1. A signed consent form
  2. Final student work sample

Optional: In addition to the required items above, you may share the items below:
  • Additional drafts, outlines or other documents related to the assignment
  • Rubrics or other district-specific tools used with the submitted work
  • A video or message from the student explaining their process

Student work completed digitally may be submitted in its original form. Alternately, for work completed offline, you may submit photos or a video along with your description. Make sure photos and videos are clear and writing is legible.

We understand that creating masterpieces takes work! We’d love to see or hear more about the process your student used to achieve their results.You can upload drafts of their work, provide a video discussing, or share additional information in your description!


Modules and Topics

Grade Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4
K Toys and Play Weather Wonders Trees are Alive Enjoying and Appreciating Trees
1 Tools and Work The Sun, Moon, and Stars Birds' Amazing Bodies Caring for Birds
2 Schools and Community Fossils Tell of Earth's Changes The Secret World of Pollination Providing for Pollinators
3 Overcoming Learning Challenges Near and Far Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs Exploring Literary Classics Water Around the World
4 Poetry, Poets, and Becoming Writers Animal Defense Mechanisms The American Revolution Responding to Inequality: Ratifying the 19th Amendment
5 Stories of Human Rights Biodiversity in the Rain Forest Athlete Leaders of Social Change The Impact of Natural Disasters
6 Greek Mythology Critical Problems and Design Solutions American Indian Boarding Schools Remarkable Accomplishments in Space Science
7 The Lost Children of Sudan Epidemics The Harlem Renaissance Plastic Pollution
8 Folklore of Latin America Food Choices Voices of the Holocaust Lessons from Japanese American Internment

How do you decide what is “high quality” student work?

EL Education has developed Attributes of High Quality Student Work to provide educators with common vision and terminology as they engage in using student work to improve teaching and learning, be it shorter task work or products that are the result of long-term projects. These attributes are not intended to constrain a conversation about quality, and not all descriptors must be present for a piece of work to be high quality. They are intended to provoke deeper conversation and act as a starting point for formulating a shared understanding of quality.

Attributes Of High Quality Student Work


  • Complex work is rigorous: it aligns with or exceeds the expectations defined by grade-level standards and includes higher-order thinking by challenging students to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create during daily instruction and throughout longer projects.
  • Complex work often connects to the big concepts that undergird disciplines or unite disciplines.
  • Complex work prioritizes transfer of understanding to new contexts.
  • Complex work prioritizes consideration of multiple perspectives.
  • Complex work may incorporate students’ application of higher order literacy skills through the use of complex text and evidence-based writing and speaking.


  • Well-crafted work is done with care and precision. Craftsmanship requires attention to accuracy, detail, and beauty.
  • In every discipline and domain, well-crafted work should be beautiful work in conception and execution. In short tasks or early drafts of work, craftsmanship may be present primarily in thoughtful ideas, but not in polished presentation; for long-term projects, craftsmanship requires perseverance to refine work in conception, conventions, and presentation, typically through multiple drafts or rehearsals with critique from others.


  • Authentic work demonstrates the original, creative thinking of students— authentic personal voice and ideas— rather than simply showing that students can follow directions or fill in the blanks.
  • Authentic work often uses formats and standards from the professional world, rather than artificial school formats (e.g., students create a book review for a local newspaper instead of a book report for the teacher).
  • Authentic work often connects academic standards with real-world issues, controversies, and local people and places.
  • Authenticity gives purpose to work; the work matters to students and ideally contributes to a larger community as well. When possible, it is created for and shared with an audience beyond the classroom.

What happens if my student’s work is selected?

Winning students will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and their work will be showcased on the LearnZillion platform. Finalists’ work samples will be used as high quality examples within the curriculum on the LearnZillion platform.

Both finalists and winners will be notified that their work was selected via email.