Roles & Responsibilities
For SMG Advisors, the first step is to share the InvestWrite guidelines and discuss the posted writing assignment with your students. You may attend any of the SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite webinars and you will have access to additional resources posted on the InvestWrite website. Next, be sure to assign essay draft dates and the final due date to your students in order to give yourself enough time to read and select entries before the InvestWrite submission deadline. As their SMG Advisor, you will be first-round judge who will decide which entries to submit on behalf of your students. You may submit entries from as many of your Stock Market Game students as you choose.
Educators must be registered SMG advisors, and your students must be registered and have participated in the Stock Market Game during the eligible session. Please note that each InvestWrite essay must be the individual work of the student, representing their own research, thinking, and writing. You will ensure that the process your students use to write their essays reflects a standard of academic integrity. You will want to read the Official Rules to ensure the essay submission is compliant. If you submit a winning essay, we ask that you assist us in creating a fun and rewarding way to recognize your winner. Also, be ready to take some credit and recognition for the support you provide your students.
InvestWrite provides an awesome opportunity for my students to apply writing skills and strategies they have learned in a relevant and engaging manner. The writing prompts provide an appropriate level of challenge and require my students to use critical thinking skills as they engage in the writing process. They incorporate what they have learned about investing through the Stock Market Game, and this makes the learning experience interesting and relevant for them. I love having my students participate in InvestWrite because it not only allows them to become better writers, but it also helps them to become better students. InvestWrite provides a unique opportunity for my students to be challenged and to grow as writers and thinkers.
Investwrite has given my students a chance to become aware of investing and how it can be used as a tool to reach goals in life. They have learned both about the opportunity that long-term investing provides in reaching goals and how our markets enable businesses to raise money to make ideas reality. We use InvestWrite in my classroom to reinforce what students are learning from participating in the Stock Market Game. Participating in InvestWrite not only improved my students note taking and writing skills, but it has also given them invaluable knowledge for their future.
Through InvestWrite, my students were able to recognize the importance of diversification in their individual portfolios and learn about different charity organizations in the community. My students were glad to have the opportunity to combine their personal experience with their favorite charity and money management. It really made them think and research extensively on how to make the charity’s money grow at the same time as protecting its principal as much as possible. They learned that the way to do this is through diversification and managing calculated risks.
InvestWrite is a great way for my students to integrate their reading and writing skills with their financial literacy learnings from the Stock Market Game. Students get a chance to utilize critical thinking skills by researching, ranking, selecting, writing, and supporting their ideas. I loved how this essay topic allowed my students to research entrepreneurs, thus learning about people who solved problems and took initiative to start something new and persevere. It was a great way for my fifth graders to utilize their informational and argument writing skills to craft an essay about their selected entrepreneur and integrate their knowledge of investing to explain how this person should create a diverse portfolio to protect their organization's interests. The task really allowed my students to take a stance on a topic and support their ideas with evidence and reasoning in a real-world situation. I was so impressed by what students had to say and by their motivation to go above and beyond to make their writing the best it could be.
Frequently Asked Questions
InvestWrite offers your students a chance to think critically and learn subject matter that easily answers the common questions, “How can I use this in the real world?” Along with math, economics, language arts and other disciplines wrapped within the program, the premise of earning and investing money speaks clearly to all ages. The opportunity to win exciting national and state-wide awards including medals, pizza parties, gift cards, laptops, cameras and more, gives them a tangible goal to reach for.
Everything you need to know is on the website. Other than discussing the topics with your students and giving them a little direction, you’re done. InvestWrite is designed to enhance the Stock Market Game experience without adding planning time to your current demands.
Absolutely NO COST to qualifying participants.
You can submit as many qualified essays per registered Stock Market Game classroom you teach. We recommend you submit essays that reflect or represent a typical grade of a “C” or better or what you consider to be “average or above” performance. You may submit one qualified essay per registered Stock Market Game student per session.
It takes just a few minutes.
The only requirement is that you and your students must be registered and participate in the Stock Market Game during the eligible time period.
InvestWrite offers a national and state competition component while allowing your students to compete as individuals with other students of the same level all over the country.
Individually. Here’s a chance for your students to take what they have learned as a member of their team and apply their critical thinking and writing skills individually.
Essays are to be written by students individually without excessive adult assistance beyond what is normal for the learning setting. We utilize software to screen for plagiarism and AI/ChatGPT.
Teachers who submit winning essays will be notified personally by telephone or email using the contact information provided in your registration. Teachers with winning essays can expect to hear results approximately 10 to 12 weeks after the close of the competition.