Get involved in Poetry Out Loud!

And the 2014 national champion of Poetry
Out Loud winner of a twenty thousand-dollar award Anita Norman from Tennessee Poetry Out Loud is a competition but more
than this it is an experience and it is an opportunity What surprised me most about Poetry Out Loud was probably the level of diversity of the kids that were
participating in the competition: theater backgrounds, football players It was really just almost awe-inspiring just to see people 16, 17, 18-years-old just doing this and you don’t see that a whole lot and it’s amazing Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high
school students with freely available curriculum materials. It takes up very
little time in your teaching schedule. It gets students enthusiastic about poetry. The entire idea behind Poetry Out Loud is to bring poetry back into the classroom back into a one-on-one relationship
with the student. And it’s had a great impact on their lives. We hear again and again from Poetry Out Loud
students their ultimate career goals really been impacted by being a part of
the Poetry Out Loud program The program encourages them to pick poems from an anthology of about
800 selections And we ask them to chose poems that speak to them in some way Finding the character of the poem, making it something you can grab onto, something
tactile I didn’t know how much fun that would be …a second thought in, as she flutter-floats into motion
like a figure in a stack of time-lapse photos
thumbed alive. I think poetry is amazing in that it can take one second in time and just completely
blow it up into an experience that you can share with everyone else In my darkest night, when the moon was covered and I roamed through wreckage, If you can find something that
feels like it was written for you that’s one of the most
incredible experiences and I think everyone should be able to find something like that Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me? the maker of the world’s food and clothes. The whole school’s involved. We have every
English classroom, every level so all the kids are personally invested and then they just selflessly cheer on everybody else. It’s been a cultural phenomenon.You
can bring this entire work of art into the classroom in a manageable size. The teacher has everything they need from the Poetry Out Loud website. There’s
a lesson plan, there’s how to run a program, there’s what to do, there’s a scoring
rubric, how to judge it. Every teacher in the country should take part in Poetry Out Loud because of the gift you can give your
students. The confidence-building, the experience of competing, the ability to understand
poetry and those analytical skills can be
applied to anything in life. Poetry Out Loud means that you get an
opportunity to speak for somebody else and you get an opportunity to connect with people. Before Poetry Out Loud I wasn’t particularly interested in poetry I think that poetry has a lot of power
in the way that it gives voice to different emotions. Poetry has
changed my life because when I go through the poems I find
out more about myself. If it weren’t for Poetry Out Loud then
there’s no way I would have had this experience

3 Replies to “Get involved in Poetry Out Loud!

  1. I resonate with all these people and what they said about POL in this video. I've been competing in POL for 3 years now, and it has honestly been one of the best things that has ever happened to me. More than anything, Poetry Out Loud has given me a voice I never even knew I had, and I can't thank this program enough for all its done for me.

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