Poetry Out Loud

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CLICK HERE to see the images from the 2016 SLO County Poetry Out Loud Competition

Next Event Times: 
Friday, February 10, 2017

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

This program begins at the classroom level and helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Winners from the classroom advance to the school competition. Each school selects a champion, who then competes at the county level. The winner from the county then goes on to the state competition and, potentially, the national competition. The winner of the San Luis Obispo County Competition receives a $500 scholarship (the runner-up receives $200). Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

The curriculum for Poetry Out Loud is designed to fit a teacher’s busy schedule during the fall through early winter, according to each teacher’s and high school’s agenda. The program fulfills certain NCTE English Language Arts Standards and, depending on each individual teacher's lesson plan, aligns with certain reading and language Common Core Standards.

Contact ARTS Obispo for more information, sample assignments and a schedule SLO County teachers have used for their classrooms.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud SLO County Facebook page to stay updated and share your experience with all things Poetry Out Loud!

2016 San Luis Obispo County Winner Sarah Mosichuk