Poetry Out Loud
What is Poetry Out Loud
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest celebrated its 10 year anniversary of bringing an appreciation of poetry to high school students and schools throughout the United States. Using the Poetry Out Loud curriculum, teachers guide students toward a deeper understanding of the power of language and literature. Students develop a personal relationship with great poems while learning about their literary heritage through poetry recitation. Plus, participants master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and improve their reading comprehension scores.
Poetry Out Loud was started by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Beginning with a very successful pilot program in 2005, the program in Florida has expanded to include additional Florida school districts, including public schools, private schools, parochial schools and home-schooled students, throughout the state.
Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The Poetry Out Loud program awards a total of $100,000 in prizes to high school students and their schools each year.
For additional information, please check the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation’s website at poetryoutloud.org.
How it works:
Schools interested in participating in Florida’s official Poetry Out Loud program, click below to learn more. The deadline to register your school and participate in the competition is December 30, 2016.
A sneak peek into Poetry Out Loud
Hear what students and teachers have to say about Poetry Out Loud, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in the 2014-2015 school year.