These Webpages are no longer maintained. We are keeping the pages here to preserve some of the early years of ProjectDragonfly, to honor the students who created the interactives in the early days of the Web, and because many of the activities are fun and people are still using them. For current Project Dragonfly work, go to:www.ProjectDragonfly.org
Send us your investigations, poems, short essays, and stories
on upcoming themes, and you may be the next Dragonfly author! On
this page you'll find all of the information you'll need to submit, including
our mailing address and e-mail address and the guidelines you need to follow
to submit your work to the magazine. You can even make a submission right
here; just look below!
For All Submissions, We Seek: Writing from your own point of view. Material from third-grade
through lower middle school students. Material on upcoming Dragonfly themes.
Submit only your very best work. Use language that is sensitive to both
boys and girls as well as to people from various cultural, economic, racial,
and geographic backgrounds. A self-addressed, stamped envelope, if you
want material returned. A respect for nature. Imagination, love of learning,
Features Appearing in Every Issue: Child Inquiry Articles: The heart of Dragonfly
is child-written articles about their individual or classroom research
on the theme of each issue. These articles should: be approximately 400-800
words; begin with interesting questions and predictions that are at least
partially inspired by your curiosity; provide details on the methods and
processes used to address the question; include data and results from the
inquiry; include interpretation of your results and conclusions; include
diagrams, graphs, pie charts, or other illustrations where needed; include,
when possible, color photos, preferably slides, of you and/or your class
engaged in the inquiry.
We celebrate good questions and investigations, rather
than science as "following directions." Avoid cookbook science and static
"activities." Making a leaf collection, for example, would not be sufficient
unless the leaf collection answers a particular question, or unless it
generated certain questions and investigations. Also, tell us of your different
predictions, different possible methods for their study, different interpretations
of their findings. What went wrong? What surprised you? Science is rarely
perfect or undisputed--when it is, it is usually boring. We value students'
reasons for conducting their inquiries and their personal feelings. (We
prefer inquiries generated by students and teachers or parents, but if
the inquiry came from, or was based on, a suggestion in a book or other
publication, please include the title, author, and publication information
with your submission.)
Narratives, poems, stories: Creative writing allows students to explore further the
theme of each issue of Dragonfly. Stories and narratives should include
a coherent plot or theme, concrete and sensory description, a logical structure,
and clear, grammatically correct sentences. Poems should be evocative and
include concrete imagery. We also are open to creative blendings of science
and poetry, story or narrative, as long as it is not misleading.
Submissions should be based on careful observations of
nature and on real facts. Please avoid "talking animal" stories and other
forms of anthropomorphism; Submissions should be approximately 200 words
Original Artwork: Pictures, diagrams, charts, or
graphs should be drawn on unlined paper using rich, opaque colors or black
and white. Do not use pencils (colored or otherwise) because pencils don't
reproduce well. Artwork can accompany student inquiry articles, stories,
poems, and essays or stand on its own.
Jokes, Riddles, Puzzles: Make us laugh or scratch
our heads. We enjoy puzzles of any kind. Jokes, riddles, etc. should be
based on the issue's theme.
Looking Back: You can reflect on inquiries, stories,
articles, etc. that have appeared in Dragonfly. Reflections can include
suggestions for improving inquiries, better methods, ways in which you
expanded an inquiry to pursue additional questions of your own, or personal
reactions to articles, poems, artwork, etc. Submissions for "Looking Back"
should: be written as a letter; include the name, age, and address of the
author (letters from an entire class should include the teacher's and the
school's name); be between 20-200 words in length.
You Can Also Submit: The Dragonfly Interview: A child interviews a
scientist. We have identified willing scientists to be interviewed; let
us know if you have a student who would make a good interviewer. Or, if
you know a local scientist who conducts research on one of the upcoming
themes of Dragonfly, feel free to have a student or students interview
him or her. The interview should: include a mix of personal and professional
questions; this helps convey the personality of the scientist and dispel
the myth that scientists are "cold" or "inhuman." Let the children have
fun with their questions; be approximately 150 words in length.
Kids Speak Out: We want to hear the ideas, concerns,
opinions you have about world issues. "Kids Speak Out" provides a forum
for discussion; issues in this department have no clear right or wrong
answers. This is a chance for you to explore the different sides of an
issue, to think critically about solutions posed by others, to generate
unique solutions of their own. Please select several of your strongest
responses for submission. Try to include a range of opinions and contrasting
ideas: Responses should be well-edited, cogent, and thought-provoking.
Each of the responses you submit should be no more than 50 words apiece.
Nature and Me: Children compose an essay about
a place in the natural world that is special to them in some way. It may
inspire, comfort, or challenge them. It is a place that adds meaning to
their lives. We use the term "place" in the broadest sense, it could be
something as specific as a child's favorite tree, or as general as the
feeling a child gets when walking in the woods on an autumn afternoon.
We want children to explore the ways in which they are connected to nature
and what that connection means. "Place in Nature" essays should: be approximately
200 words in length; include personal reflections; include detailed descriptions
of sights, smells, sounds; be based on an upcoming theme of Dragonfly.
Kids' Book Review: Children review fiction or non-fiction
children's books about one of the upcoming themes of Dragonfly. Some questions
for students to think about: Did you find out anything new while reading
this book? What was the best thing about this book? The worst? Did you
relate to the characters and situations? Was the writing clear and understandable?
Was the book well-organized? Be sure to include the title, author, publisher,
publication date, and price with each review. Reviews should: be approximately
100 words in length; support assertions with examples. Explain why the
book is funny, or informative, or boring; discuss the strengths and weaknesses
of the illustrations; include the student's personal reactions to the book.
People of the World: Children from various backgrounds
tell how the Dragonfly theme is viewed or studied in their cultures. They
could describe holidays, ceremonies, or festivals that center on the Dragonfly
theme, or simply discuss the significance of the theme in their culture.
For example, a child of Inuit descent may write about the significance
of snow in Inuit culture for the Ice and Snow issue of Dragonfly. Or a
child of Japanese descent may write about the significance of kites in
Japanese culture for the Flight issue of Dragonfly. Submissions should:
be approximately 200 words in length; be based on an upcoming theme of
Send your material to:
Oxford, OH 45056.
You may submit brief written materials by entering them
in the box below. Please make sure you type your name; birthdate; street
address; city, state and zip; and e-mail address in the box. That way,
we'll know how to contact you if we select your submission.
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