Poetry Out Loud

This Page Last Updated: October 10th, 2013

SAVE THE DATE
Registration Deadline for 2013-2014 Alaska Poetry Out Loud: OCTOBER 15, 2013

REGISTER HERE

Tong Thao of Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska, recites "History Lesson" by Natasha Trethewey during the Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center in Juneau, Alaska. Thao is the winner of the 2013 Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals. (Seanna O'Sullivan Photography)

Tong Thao of Colony High School in Palmer, Alaska, recites “History Lesson” by Natasha Trethewey during the Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center in Juneau, Alaska. Thao was the winner of the 2013 Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Finals. (Seanna O’Sullivan Photography)

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Poetry Out Loud provides a wonderful opportunity for high schools to introduce their students to poetry. Competitions in recitation bring other life skills into play – memorization, public speaking, learning how to tease out meaning from the written word.

Schools sign up during the fall semester and have a school wide competition by January. Regional competitions are held by February 7. The state final will be held in Juneau, March, 11, 2014. The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship, April 28-30, 2014. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Tong Thao from Colony High School, Matanuska-Susitna School District, was selected as the 2013 Alaska Poetry Out Loud champion and represented the state in the 2013 National Finals in Washington, DC, last May. In Alaska alone, more than 4,000 students from 39 high schools took part in the 2012–2013 Poetry Out Loud program. Over 365,000 students participated nationwide.

High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program satisfies most of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards. The curriculum for Poetry Out Loud has been designed to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. The program takes place over the span of 2 to 3 weeks, according to each teacher’s interest and agenda, and it does not require full class periods. The program may be incorporated with existing poetry units. High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program must register online to participate. The Alaska State Council on the Arts will determine which schools are eligible to take part in the official Poetry Out Loud program. Schools that are not in the official program may conduct their own contests using the online resources.

WATCH THE WHOLE 2013 ALASKA STATE FINALS HERE

See the ten 2013 Alaska finalists talk about their experience here

Photos from the State Finals (by Seanna O’Sullivan Photography)

TIMELINE

Sept 24, 2013: POL Informational Teleconference 1 (3:30 p.m.–RSVP required)
Oct 1, 2013: POL Informational Teleconference 2 (3:30 p.m.–RSVP required)
Oct 15, 2013: REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Jan 23, 2014: Rural School Competitions completed
Jan 24, 2014: Postmark deadline: Mail videos of rural school winners to POL Coordinator in Juneau*
Feb 7, 2014: Deadline – All regional competitions must be completed
Feb 10, 2014: Deadline – All state finalist names to Juneau
March 11, 2014: Alaska POL Recitation Contest in Juneau
March 21, 2014: Deadline – State Winner to register for National Competition
Apr 28-30, 2014: National POL Recitation Contest in Washington, DC

POL INFORMATIONAL TELECONFERENCES SEPTEMBER 24 and OCTOBER 1 at 3:30 p.m.
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and the Alaska State Council on the Arts will host two informational teleconferences for teachers, administrators and parents who want to know more about the program. We will discuss the resources available, the process for schools, registration and any other questions about how to make this happen. Please RSVP HERE and we will send you a reminder!

MAIN POETRY OUT LOUD WEB SITE

Learn all about Poetry Out Loud Here: http://poetryoutloud.org/

ALASKA POETRY OUT LOUD TOOLKIT

Alaska Poetry Out Loud 2013-2014 Registration Form
*Poetry Out Loud Video Guide Lines and Submission form for Rural Schools
2013-2014 POL Teacher’s Guide
Online Anthology
Poetry Out Loud Tips for recitation

THE COMPETITION

Rules and Eligibility
Organizing a contest
- Incl: Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
Judge Preparation
- Incl:Advice for Judges, Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric

For more information about the Alaska POL Program contact Kari Groven at 907-586-2787 or pol@jahc.org

Poetry Out Loud is a collaborative project of the

Alaska State Council on the Arts,

National Endowment for the Arts,

Poetry Foundation,

Alaska State Writing Consortium,

Alaska State Literacy Association,

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC)


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