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Since the 2005-06 school year, students from high schools across Connecticut have benefited from Poetry Out Loud (POL), a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. This free recitation program encourages the nationís youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about our literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners from each class will advance to the school-wide competition.  Each school will send a finalist to the Connecticut State Finals.*   The winner of the Connecticut State Finals will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC. On average, more than 200,000 students nationwide take part annually. 

Contest Structure

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners from each class will advance to the school-wide competition.  Each school will send a finalist to the state competition.  Ultimately, one student per state will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC On average, more than 200,000 students nationwide take part annually.

NCTE Standards and Classroom Time
Poetry Out Loud satisfies more than half of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards.  The Teachers' Guide includes all elements the teacher needs to implement the program, from tools to help students memorize and perform great poems, to optional lesson plans that give students opportunities to discuss poems and write poetry.

The schedule and curriculum for Poetry Out Loud have been intentionally designed to fit into a teacher's busy schedule without much disruption.  The program takes place in the classroom over about two to three weeks, and does not require full class periods during that time.


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Free Program Materials and Services
In addition to hands-on training with professional artists, participating schools receive the following free multimedia educational materials:

 
  • Teachers' guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance
  • A comprehensive web site, http://www.poetryoutloud.org that includes program materials, writing activities, and lesson plans
  • An extensive online poetry anthology
  • Hardcopy anthologies of approximately 130 poems
  • Audio CD of distinguished actors and writers reciting and talking about poetry
  • Best Performance DVD 
  • Media guides and promotional materials

Prizes
Each winner at the state level received $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to travel to Washington, DC, for the National Finals.  The state winner's school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.  A runner-up in each state received $100, with $200 for his or her school library.  Winners receive $50,000 total in scholarships and school stipends at the National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

 

Partners
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National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring the best poetry before the largest possible audiences.



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