The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have once again partnered with the South Dakota Arts Council to support 2018 Poetry Out Loud. On Monday, March 12, 2018, high school students from across South Dakota will compete for the state title at the Poetry Out Loud contest. Click here for the full press release POL Press Release (PDF).

What is Poetry Out Loud?

A FREE program for high school students (grades 9-12) in both public and private schools that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $50,000 in awards.

Teachers: Learn about how to teach Poetry Out Loud in your classroom

2017 - 2018 Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Want to organize a local contest? Read our guide

Poetry Out Loud Flyer (PDF)

How do I get my students involved?

In order to compete, schools must register through the South Dakota Arts Council. All materials and resources will be provided. Poetry Out Loud begins NOW in the classroom! Later in the school year, schools will hold local competitions to identify one student winner to represent their school in the preliminary round of competition. The state finals competition will be held on March 12 to determine the state winner representing South Dakota at the National Finals in Washington, DC, taking place April 23 - 25, 2018.

Request a teacher tool-kit today by emailing Rebecca Cruse at Rebecca.Cruse@state.sd.us, include your mailing address.

Additional Resources:

Quick Reference Guide 2018 (PDF)

Original Poetry Flyer (PDF)

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates:

Feb. 6, 2018
Postmark deadline for preliminary-round videos

Feb. 19, 2018
Notification of state qualifiers

March 12, 2018
South Dakota State POL Contest, Sioux Falls

April 23-25, 2018
National Finals, Washington, D.C.

Common Core, NCTE Standards and Classroom Time

Poetry Out Loud satisfies more than half of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) English Language Arts Standards and many of the Common Core State Standards in Reading and Language. The program guide includes optional lesson plans, and other elements teachers need to implement Poetry Out Loud easily into the classroom. The schedule and curriculum for Poetry Out Loud allows the program to take place over two to three weeks, according to each teacher’s interest and schedule, and will not require full class periods during that time.

Prizes to state winners

$200 Cash and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete at National Finals

$500 for their school to purchase poetry books

An opportunity to compete at the National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 award

To register your school

Contact: DJ Steckelberg
Email | djsteck@gmail.com
Phone | 605-660-3641
To learn more visit www.poetryoutloud.org

2017 State Finalists Press Release

POL 2018 Images

2018 POL First and second place students Gage Gramlick and Olivia Hienecke
with their teachers Amanda Nelson and Sharon Prendergast.

2018 POL First and second place students Gage Gramlick and Olivia Hienecke
with their teachers Amanda Nelson and Sharon Prendergast.

2018 POL Original poetry winners (B to F) Jennifer Ensminger, Vermillion High School, Senri White, Little Wound High School, and Noami Vonkeman, Greate Sioux Falls Home School Association; and were awarded for their original poems in a separate component of the competition.

2018 POL Original poetry winners (B to F) Jennifer Ensminger, Vermillion High School, Senri White, Little Wound High School, and Noami Vonkeman, Greate Sioux Falls Home School Association; and were awarded for their original poems in a separate component of the competition.

Students who qualified for state recitation competition

2018 POL Qualifying Students

Qualifying Students and Teachers

2018 POL Qualifying Students and Teachers