University Interscholastic League

  • This year we are pleased to announce that we will again be participating in the UIL (University Interscholastic League) event for Coppell ISD (grades 2-5) . There are numerous categories in which your child can participate. We will be discussing UIL at our 1st Nine week Assembly with the students and then your child should be bringing home more information about UIL. If your child is interested in being a part of the Pinkerton UIL team, the practices for the big event will need to be afterschool or before school. Once all of the forms are returned, the practice days will be decided by the individual event coaches, which are our teachers. The following events and grade levels are:

    • Creative Writing (Grade 2) Storytelling (Grades 2-3)
    • Music Memory (Grades 3-5) Ready Writing (Grades 3-5)
    • Spelling (Grades 3-5) Art Contest (Grades 4-5)
    • Number Sense (Grades 4-5) Oral Reading (Grades 4-5)
    • Dictionary Skills (Grade 5) Listening (Grade 5)
    • Maps, Graphs, & Charts (Grade 5) Social Studies (Grade 5)

    Art Contest (Grades 4-5)

    This contest involves the study of paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and paintings or pictures from selected Texas museums. The Art Smart Bulletin, published every other year, is the source for study of history and art elements relative to the 40 art selections and is the final authority in the spelling of artists' names and titles of art works. As part of their study, students will demonstrate an understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original artworks while making informed judgments about the artwork. 
    Part A of the contest requires the contestant to identify the names of 15 selected artists and titles of pictures selected randomly by the director from the official list of 40 pictures. Part B consists of 30 questions about art history and art elements characteristic of the 40 art selections. 
    The Art Contest is in the first year of a new two-year cycle. Prints and the Art Smart Bulletin are the new for 2009-10. Both divisions (grades 4-6 & 7-8) use the same prints and bulletin, but different tests are provided for each division.

    Creative Writing (grade 2)

    The contest is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students in second grade will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others.

    Contestants will be given a prompt with several captioned pictures. From these pictures, the students will create an original story based on their selections in 30 minutes. The stories must contain at least one of the pictured items, but it is not required that all items on the page be included.

    Dictionary Skills (grade 5)

    Thorough knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student's ability to find the information that is needed for class work as well as everyday living. The subject matter of all tests is taken from the Merriam Webster's Intermediate Dictionary, 2004 and subsequent editions. Contestants may use other dictionaries in the contest, but the contest subject matter will be found in Webster's Intermediate.

    Each test consists of 40 objective and short answer questions to be completed in 20 minutes. Contestants use dictionaries during the competition, which may be tabbed. Contest questions cover word origins and histories, parts of speech, pronunciation, variant spellings, plurals, alphabetizing and other such elements. Test questions are also taken from charts, tables and lists contained in the dictionary.

    Listening (grade 5)

    The listening contest is designed to help students in grades 5,6,7 and 8 recognize the importance of effective listening skills and to identify problems they may have in listening effectively. It also provides a challenging format to test the improvement of their listening abilities. Through preparation for the contest, participants will listen actively to a variety of material and learn to analyze and evaluate a speaker's message critically. Tests will include, but not necessarily be limited to, language arts, fine arts, natural sciences and social studies. The objective tests will measure skills such as identifying the main idea and supporting ideas, drawing conclusions, distinguishing fact from opinion, and mastering other listening and thinking skills.

    Contestants will listen to a script ranging from seven to ten minutes in length, take notes as needed, and use their notes to answer 25 multiple choice, true/false and short answer test questions. A variety of subject matter will be used for the listening tests.

    Maps, Graphs, & Charts (grade 5)

    The maps, graphs & charts contest is designed to help students learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys.

    Students will be given an objective test containing approximately 75 multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions which must be answered in 45 minutes.

    Beginning in 2009-10, only the 2008 edition will be use in test preparation. Students may also use any other atlas they choose, but the test questions are written using this source.

    Music Memory (grades 3-5)

    The focus of the Music Memory contest is an in-depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music. In the course of preparing for the contest, students should be given the opportunity to describe and analyze the music, relate the music to history, to society and to culture, and to evaluate musical performance.

    The selections for the Music Memory Contest are new for 2009-10. Students will listen to approximately 20 seconds of up to 20 musical selections and identify the name of the major work, selection and the name of the composer. To receive full credit for an answer, all information about the music selection must be complete as shown on the official list. Spelling and punctuation are considered in the grading of this contest.

    Number Sense (grades 4-5)

    Individuals are called upon every day to use their ability to make quick mental calculations to make decisions. The development of such abilities should be an integral part of the math curriculum. Concepts covered include, but are not limited to: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, proportions, and use of mathematic notation.

    Students will be given a 10-minute, fill-in-the-blank test which they must complete without doing calculations on paper or on a calculator. Erasures and mark-outs are not permitted.

    Oral Reading (grades 4-5)

    Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. The oral reading competition should be an extension of the classroom literary and language arts activities in poetry, short stories and children's fiction. See the link below for frequently asked questions about oral reading.

    Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 read a selection of poetry. Each selection may be one poem, a cutting of a poem, or a combination of poems. The same selection may be read in all rounds, but different selections are permissible. Selections must be published although the poet may be unknown or anonymous.

    Ready Writing (grades 3-5)

    Texas has put a great emphasis on writing skills at all levels of school and all levels of state-wide testing. Ready Writing, a contest for students in grades 3,4,5,6,7 and 8, builds upon those skills and helps students refine their writing abilities. In particular, this contest helps them to learn to write clearly and correctly a paper that is interesting and original. A standard dictionary or thesaurus may be used during the contest.

    Contestants are given a choice between two prompts which defines the audience, and provides the purpose for writing. Students should be encouraged to analyze the prompts for the purpose of writing, the format, the audience and the point of view. The format may be, for example, a letter, an article for the newspaper or an essay for the principal. Various writing strategies may be stated or implied in the prompt. Some of these include:

    1. Description to inform —describe the happening or person/object from imagination or memory;
    2. Narration — write a story;
    3. Persuasion — describe and argue just one side of an issue; describe both sides of an issue then argue only one side; write an editorial; write a letter to persuade, etc.

    There is no minimum or maximum number of words the contestants must write.

    Social Studies (grade 5)

    • Two divisions: grades 5/6, grades 7/8
    • 40 questions
    • 30 minutes
    • Test topics defined by a study outline, to be updated yearly (see links below)
    • Based on the TEKS for social studies
    • Test content taken from state adopted text books and identified primary sources