Poetry Out Loud: Registration Deadline is December 1st
-Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
*Register your school at http://www.oac.ohio.gov/poetryoutloud. Materials for holding classroom and school-wide contest are at this site. Also, please take a few minutes to watch the featured videos--you will see CCS students and teachers reciting poetry:) You can go to the national site to see more about Poetry Out Loud (http://www.poetryoutloud.org). This is one of the best competitions in Ohio and the Nation. Register today!!
-Like a spelling bee or science fair, Poetry Out Loud has a pyramid structure, starting with classroom contests and culminating in an exciting national competition with substantial award money available. But it is more flexible than spelling bees, as it can be done by one teacher in one classroom, by several teachers or by a whole school. When it is done by the whole school, you build commonality among students because they will all be learning and reciting poetry.
-Eastmoor Academy was the first Ohio school to sign up for the competition in its inaugural year. Since then, Ohio students have excelled at the national competition since its inaugural year, when Columbus Alternative High School student Jackson Hille became the state champion from Ohio and later was named national champion, winning a $20,000.00 prize. In April 2104, Ohio's POL state champion from Centennial High School, Lake Wilburn from Columbus, was first runner-up at the national contest. In 2016, Ohio's POL state champion was Madeleine Schroeder from CAHS. 
-Poetry Out Loud aligns with NCTE and Common Core standards in close reading, text analysis, practice with complex texts, speaking and listening. It is not simply memorization, although we believe that to be a useful skill. Students must understand their poem, including its literary devices, in order to recite it effectively. Many students like that they must choose their own poem and find that studying, learning by heart and then interpreting it for an audience gives them a positive new view of poetry as it improves their command of language. And every year in Poetry Out Loud schools, students who do not think of themselves as achievers experience a new form of artistic and academic success in a well-received recitation.
Posted Saturday, September 17, 2016