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Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include an online official poetry anthology, a teacher’s guide containing tips for classroom teacher preparation, lessons plans, and tips on how to organize classroom and school-wide contests.
Hard copies of the Teacher’s Guide are available to participating schools. The program requires only two to three weeks of class time. In Illinois, Poetry Out Loud runs through February 28, 2015. The Illinois state contest is scheduled for March 13, 2015. The Semifinals and the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, April 28 – 29, 2015.
Educators: Follow this link for the NEA's most up-to-date listing of educational resources and tips for using Poetry Out Loud in a classroom setting.
While teachers, students, and poetry lovers everywhere can use the Poetry Out Loud website and its accompanying educational materials to organize their own recitation contests, the official contest is limited to the programs run by each state's Arts Agency.