Poetry Out Loud
About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. Susan Guthrie and Anna Weber are coordinators for the thirteen counties in Alabama's region 5 (see county map). High school students compete in their classrooms and schools, and school winners go on to a free workshop at UAH in October and a regional competition at UAH in November. Regional winners compete for the state championship in Montgomery in February, and the state champion competes at the national competition in Washington, DC in April. There are prizes all along the way, and the national champion wins a $20,000 scholarship.
Teachers must register by September 15 for their classes to participate. These classes may be in any field of study, but most often are from English, Theatre, and Forensics. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide teachers with free, standards-based curriculum materials once their schools register to participate. Materials include one teacher's guide with sample lesson plans to help instructors teach recitation and performance, and two audio CDs featuring well-known actors and writers such as James Earl Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Alyssa Milano, and N. Scott Momaday. Teachers also get two Poetry Out Loud Anthologies and two Poetry Out Loud posters. Each participating school gets one instructional DVD for each school participating. The program requires less than two or three weeks of class time. There is no charge to participate.
Finding Your Voice Workshop for students, Friday, October 25, 2013, Wilson Hall Art Gallery, UAH (campus map)
School Winners and their teachers attend an intensive poetry workshop to prepare students for the Regional, State, and National competitions.
Teachers and students pre-register for particular sessions and times, and we plan to have at least three recitation coaches running simultaneous sessions. Original poetry sessions will run as workshops, with students performing their own poems and workshop leaders and other attendees responding and providing constructive criticism. Attendees may sit in on all coaching sessions.
New panels and activities this year including:
Teacher Discussion Panel: Teachers will talk with past participants of Poetry Out Loud.
Recording sessions: Our clinicians will be recording students reciting their poem and then play it back for them so they can hear how changes they make affect their performance.
Virtual Rubric: Need help understanding how the rubric is applied in judging? We are here to help!
Dramatization: How is acting different from recitation?
Mock Competition: Students will have the chance to compete for a mock judging panel to get a feel for the real competition.
Sessions for Original Poetry: Students will work with Poet and UAH faculty member, Anna Weber.
What is "Overall?": It's the category worth the most points... but what is it?
About Poetry Out Loud
- Brief overview with dates and details of each event
- Download school registration form (can be filled out online and emailed)
- Region website: polnorthala.com
- National website: poetryoutloud.org
- Contact for Alabama Region 5: Susan Guthrie, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 256-824-6321
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