Educator Guides

The Scholastic Awards value the work our educators do in and outside of the classroom to help their students develop a lifelong appreciation of art and writing. We’ve partnered with leaders in the education field to create guides to help educators facilitate discussions about art and writing in their classrooms and provide critical-thinking activities.

The Best Teen Writing

Educators can order copies of our annual anthology of student writing, The Best Teen Writing, for their classroom on

Art Guide

We partnered with Scholastic Art Magazine to create an Educator Guide to be used in conjunction with our national, traveling exhibition of student work. Educators can download a PDF of the guide to add to their art curriculum.

Art Guide

Writing Guide

Through a partnership with the National Writing Project, we also created an Educator Guide for our annual anthology series of student writing, The Best Teen Writing. This guide can be downloaded as a PDF.

Writing Guide

In addition, classroom discussion guides and writing prompts are included in the back of the books. Educators can download free PDFs of past volumes of The Best Teen Writing.

Editorial Cartoon Guide

An educator guide for our Editorial Cartoon category, sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation, can also be downloaded as a PDF for use in the classroom.

Editorial Cartoon Guide 

For a more in-depth look into editorial cartoons, we’ve prepared an editable PowerPoint presentation for educators to use in their classrooms or in workshop settings that provides a brief historical background on editorial cartoons, along with a sampling of contemporary editorial cartoons to support dialogue about the relevance of editorial cartoons in today’s society and the various forms in which we encounter them.

Editorial Cartoon PowerPoint Presentation Template

Workshop Presenter Notes

You can also download artist Pinky Weber’s customized PowerPoint to give you ideas on how to use our template and make it your own.

Be You! Be Original!

The most important criteria students must consider when submitting to the Scholastic Awards is originality. Educators can download a short explanation of what we mean by Be You! Be Original! for distribution to their students before submitting work to the Scholastic Awards.

Call for Submissions Poster

Our Call for Submissions poster can be downloaded as a PDF. Download the poster and share it with colleagues, students, and parents!