Grants & Programs

Poetry Out Loud: Program Materials & Schedule

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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. 

The program requires only two to three weeks of class time.  The Illinois state contest is scheduled for  March 11, 2016. The Semifinals and the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, May 2 – 4, 2016.

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.