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What Is Poetry Out Loud?

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program for all public, charter, parochial school and home school students grades 9-12. The program encourages the nation's youth to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

"With all the talk in our common core standards for 'deeper understanding' as the progressive skill, this activity [POL] is invaluable."
Theresa Ciccone, English Teacher, Monmouth Regional High School

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is implemented by state arts agencies across the country, including the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In New Jersey the program is supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in collaboration with a growing list of partners.

Why is Poetry Out Loud valuable?
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?
NJ Poetry Out Loud starts in school. It can run in any classroom, club or after-school program. All New Jersey public, charter, private, parochial high schools and home school associations are invited to participate. Participating students should be in grades 9-12 or the age/grade equivalent. Teachers implement a flexible curriculum plan (provided free of charge) that culminates in classroom and school-wide recitation contests.

All schools follow the same contest structure, which begins at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide contest, then to a Regional contest, followed by the NJPOL State Finals in March 2019. The NJPOL State Champion wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Finals in the Spring of 2018!

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