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.
The Delaware Division of the Arts will provide guidance in running your school’s POL program and is happy to answer any questions or concerns.
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.
|Oct.– Dec. 2017||Classroom/School Competitions|
|January 2018||Deadline to Report School Winners|
|February 2018||Delaware State Semi-finals|
|February 27, 2018||Delaware State Competition (Dover High School)|
|Apr. 23–25, 2018||National Competition (Washington, DC)|
Poetry Out Loud Contacts
Sheila Dean Ross, Program Officer, Arts in Education/Accessibility
JoAnn Balingit, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator