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Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. POL uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 100,000 students are expected to take part in POL nationwide each year.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions placed on schools, including limited access to school buildings and working with students in-person, the 2021 Poetry Out Loud program is being implemented virtually, with one-on-one coaching and closed adjudication sessions. Students are practicing at home, and will videotape their recitation for remote adjudication by a panel of judges, selected for their background in literature, poetry, and theater. The state winner will be announced in early March.
This year’s participants include:
Poetry Out Loud is a fun, participatory way to teach poetry and meet Delaware’s English Language Arts requirements. Free, standards-based curriculum materials are available for all participating schools. Participating schools also have the opportunity to work with teaching artists who give workshops on poetry recitation for students.
Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include online poetry anthologies, a teacher’s guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance, a DVD and companion guide of past national competition performances to use as a learning tool, promotional and media guides, and a comprehensive website located at www.poetryoutloud.org. Curriculum materials are available for download on the Poetry Out Loud website, which can also be used by schools not involved in the official current competition.
Important Dates (subject to change)
|Sept. 2020||Registration Opens|
|Oct. 2, 2020||Registration Deadline|
|Oct.– Nov. 2020||Classroom Instruction/School Competitions via Zoom|
|Nov. 30, 2020||Deadline to Report School Winners|
|Feb. 25, 2021||DE State Competition|
Rounds 1 & 2: To be held as a closed adjudicator meeting via Zoom
|Mar. 2, 2021||DE State Finals|
Round 3: To be held as a closed adjudicator meeting via Zoom
|May 2, 2021||Poetry Out Loud National Semi-finals|
|May 27, 2021||Poetry Out Loud National Finals|