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Intro to Poetry Out Loud

Tips for students who are reciting poems for Poetry Out Loud

Lora Ackerman

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of Intro to Poetry Out Loud

What is it about?
Choose a poem. Memorize it.
Perform it! For the contest:
Choose 3 poems from official list.
Participate in a contest.
Win prizes, $ and confidence! 200,000 high school students in the U.S. are doing this right now.
54 or so will be state champions. You could be your school's champion. Your school champion will compete at a Regional contest in February. That winner advances to the State contest in March. (Missouri's is in Jefferson City, MO.) The State Champion goes to Washington, DC in April for National Finals.
(All expenses paid for all trips.) Oh, and there's scholarship money! Top 9 at nationals= $1000 each. 3rd place at Nationals= $5000 2nd place=
$10,000. National Champion in FIRST PLACE= $20,000! Choose, love, UNDERSTAND, memorize, interpret, rehearse, and perform poems. Must use the Poetry Out Loud anthology on line.
www.poetryoutloud.org 3 poems (for actual contest).
1 should have 25 lines or fewer.
1 should be pre-20th century. Remember ... they're rooting for you! 2008 MO State Champion
Aryiel T. Everett
Park Hill South High School http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8650614.stm http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/watch-video/and_the_winner_is http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/watch-video/in_their_own_words http://www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/video-recitation-series So what do you do to get started? Check out the website. There is lots to be inspired by there! Spend time with the anthology. Find the poems that SPEAK to you. Find the poems that FIND you. Consider variety of types of poems.
All men or women? Should they be?
All similar themes? Should they be?
Do they SPEAK to you? Do you connect with the poems emotionally?
Will they be reasonable to memorize in the time you have? "I was not a theatre or forensics kid. I had never really liked poetry before. And then I found this one Langston Hughes poem that made me think and made me want to work.
That led to other poems that made me curious. One was sort of a nonsense poem but I loved the sounds of the words together. I learned so much about language and how to use my voice and my emotions through playing with that poem.

Winning the contests was icing on the cake. I found a confidence I never found in high school through that project. It gave me a strength to stand in front of others and share meaning that changed the direction of my life.

You could say I was saved by a poem.
By three poems." A great resource is the video section of the website. Learn from what others do well. Get started and find the poems you are meant to understand a deep level and share with others! Review the judging criteria on the POL website. You will see how you will be scored and what judges will look for. There are over 650 poems on there! The right ones will find you with enough time.
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