ALL New Jersey public, private and parochial high schools and home school associations are invited to participate in NJPOL. Participating students must be in grades 9-12 or in the age/grade equivalent.
Designed to work seamlessly in any high school classroom, Poetry Out Loud aims to capture and ignite the creative imaginations of all students. The dynamic program structure and curriculum fully engages students in the study of contemporary and classic poetry.
Teachers across the state love NJPOL because the program:
1. integrates creatively into the curriculum
2. creates accessible and engaging entry points for students to appreciate poetry
3. strengthens community in the classroom and school-wide
4. reaches students whom they never thought would take to poetry and/or public speaking
How does Poetry Out Loud work in New Jersey?
Schools must register for NJ Poetry Out Loud by completing the registration form (link) by November 15, 2014. Only a teacher or administrator can register a school to participate in NJ Poetry Out Loud.
Important Message for Students: If your school is not registered for NJPOL, encourage your teacher to participate. Need help or more information? Contact the NJ Poetry Out Loud Coordinator. Students unable to participate at a local school should contact contact the NJ Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for more information. (link)
Registered schools will receive free multi-media toolkits which include: a teacher's guide complete with lesson plans, audio and DVD support materials, and posters. In addition, teachers will receive updates and support from the NJ Poetry Out Loud Coordinator (link) and regional partner (link) throughout the year.
The curriculum for Poetry Out Loud is designed to fit into a teacher's busy schedule. The program takes place over the span of a few weeks, according to each teacher's interest and agenda, and does not require full class periods. To accommodate schools' testing demands and vacation calendars, Poetry Out Loud can be implemented at the school level anytime during fall 2013/early winter 2014.
Teachers must register their school champion by January 23, 2014. The champion of each school-wide competition will advance to one of four Regional Competitions scheduled in February 2014. The two champions named at each regional competition will go on to compete at the NJ State Finals in March 2014.
The State Champion will represent New Jersey at the National Finals in April 2014 in Washington DC.
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