Poetry Out Loud (POL) in Iowa is an arts education program that encourages 9th-12th grade students to study great poetry and compete in a recitation competition at local, state and national levels. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
High school teachers implement curriculum using free, standards-based materials. Classroom studies culminate with a contest in which each student selects and recites poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. Classroom winners advance to school-wide competitions and school champions advance to regional and state competitions. State champions advance to the National Finals in Washington D.C. where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded as prizes. Iowa’s state champion receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The Iowa champion’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books and the first runner-up receives $100 plus $200 for their school.
Poetry Out Loud in Iowa will be moving to a virtual format. With this change we will also be adding virtual regional competitions, providing multiple avenues for students to participate at the local level. Teachers are encouraged to participate in POL through integrating the program into their class curriculum and hosting school competitions. As an added incentive we will be offering teachers a $100 stipend to participate in the POL program.
Learn more and register by January 27, 2021.