*UPDATE* The Alaska State Finalists have been selected and we will notify the winners individually and send out a notification to all of our participating schools. Stay tuned for official press release February 14th. Thank you
2017 -2018 Competition Info:
March 6, 2018 —Alaska State POL Finals
March 13, 2018—Deadline for State Finals competitions*
March 15, 2018—Deadline for state champs to register for National Finals
April 13, 2018–Deadline for registering to get a name tag at Nationals
April 23-25, 2018—Poetry Out Loud National Finals
2018 is the 13th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, and we hope you will join us! Rather than being a simple exercise in memorization, learning to recite poetry encompasses college and career ready skills, including structural analysis, interpretation of meaning, point of view, close reading and the use of higher order thinking skills. Students must read closely to determine what the text says, and are then asked to use the highest order thinking skills possible to translate and create what they know about the text into a unique performance that uses subtle gesture, posture and physical presence to embody the meaning of words. Poetry Out Loud supports learning for all students, as each one is able to approach it from his or her own level AND as the program aligns with the Alaska ELA standards.
Our hope for Poetry Out Loud, is that teachers will embrace the program as a teaching and learning tool that supports ongoing curriculum, and is required of every student for credit. We know that many of the greatest successes happen by surprise, and often students who would never view themselves as successful in this area may discover a new opportunity and strength. Many teachers admit that they would never have imagined students being able to do what it took to create an imaginative and engaging performance as they witnessed from students in this program. Students can discover very important ideas and concepts that will stay with them forever.
Please consider involving ALL your students in every class regardless of the level. AP students may excel, but so might your ELL students, or those with specific needs that usually require adaptation. The arts level the playing field for all, and the National Poetry Out Loud program website includes accessibility guidance within the teaching resources section. Thank you for your commitment to your students. Our goal is to support you in using the arts to reach your students – all of them.
What is The Process?
At the school level, each school including grades 9-12 coordinates its own competition. School winners participate in a region-wide competition; in Alaska, rural schools submit a video recording of their school winner’s poetry recitation for adjudication by a panel in Juneau. Currently, Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks North Star BSD, and the Mat-Su BSD are able to support a multi-school, in-person urban regional competition. One winner from each region travels to Juneau for the Alaska state competition. The winner of the state competition travels to Washington DC for the national finals. The winner of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest receives a $20,000 cash prize. Transportation and lodging for the Alaska state finalists is provided by the Alaska state competition in Juneau and for the Alaska state champion and a chaperone to the national competition in Washington DC.
General POL Information
ALASKA POETRY OUT LOUD TOOLKIT
- Online Anthology
- Poetry Out Loud Tips for recitation
- Poetry Out Loud FAQ sheet
Organizing a contest – Includes: Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
Judge Preparation – Includes: Advice for Judges, Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
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,
- Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC)
For more information about the Alaska POL Program contact Amanda Fliori at firstname.lastname@example.org
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2017 Competition Info:
2016 Competition Info:
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Shannon Croft of West Anchorage High and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Shaktoolik. The POL competition was held March 15th at the Studio @360 North. There were 9 participants from high schools throughout the state of Alaska.
2015 Competition Info:
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Maeva Ordaz of West Anchorage High and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Shaktoolik. The POL competition was held March 14th at the Studio @360 North. There were 9 participants from high schools throughout the state of Alaska.
Maeva’s winning performance in the National Competition in 2015
Watch To hear about the program from the 2015 Alaska and National Poetry Out Loud Champion, Maeva Ordaz, in a video she produced with the Alaska Teen Media Institute you can click the link at https://vimeo.com/138813527. Maeva discusses the value of the program and her experience with the Alaska State and National Poetry Out Loud Program.
2014 Competition Info:
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