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Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest


 

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.

2019 Important Dates: February 5, 2019, Semi-Finals at Modern Maturity Center, Dover and February 26, 2019, Delaware State Competition Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna (snow date: March 5, 2019)

Previous Competitions

2018 2017 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

 

 

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.

Please visit our FAQ for more information about Poetry Out Loud

 

 

Important Dates

Oct.– Dec. 2018Classroom/School Competitions
January 23, 2019Deadline to Report School Winners
February 5, 2019Semi-Finals at Modern Maturity Center, Dover
February 26, 2019Delaware State Competition Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna (snow date: March 5, 2019)
April 29 – May 1, 2019National Competition, Washington, DC

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Poetry Out Loud Contacts
The Delaware Division of the Arts will provide guidance in running your school’s Poetry Out Loud program and is happy to answer any questions or concerns. Please contact:

Sheila Dean Ross, Program Officer, Arts in Education/Accessibility

JoAnn Balingit, Poetry Out Loud Coordinator


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