The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have once again partnered with the South Dakota Arts Council to support 2017 Poetry Out Loud. On Monday, March 13, eight high school students from across South Dakota competed for the state title at the Poetry Out Loud contest. Watch the archived event online or below. We thank the participants, teachers, judges, and supporters.

Watch Archive Online (Video courtesy of Sioux Falls School District & KLRN-TV)

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 $100,000 in awards.

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

2016 - 2017 Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Want to organize a local contest? Read our guide

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 21 to determine the state winner representing South Dakota at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

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

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.

Recording Guidelines - printable pdf

Information Regarding Original Poetry - printable pdf

Important Deadlines - printable pdf

Feb. 11, 2017
Postmark deadline for preliminary-round videos

Feb. 20, 2017
Notification of state qualifiers

March 13, 2017
South Dakota State POL Contest

April 24 - 26, 2017
National Finals in Washington, D.C.

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

POL Printable Teacher/Student Flyer

2016 State Finalists Press Release

 

POL 2016 Images

First and second place students Maddie Lukomski and Miliyna Megosha
with their teachers Michelle McIntyre (left) and Amanda Nelson

2016 POL First and second place students Maddie Lukomski and Miliyna Megosha
with their teachers Michelle McIntyre (left) and Amanda Nelson

Original poetry winners with their teachers (L to R) Amanda Nelson,
Libby Murphy, Kris O’Brien, Meredith Erickson, Kim Davidson, Anna Koeppe.

2016 POL Original poetry winners with their teachers (L to R) Amanda Nelson,
Libby Murphy, Kris O’Brien, Meredith Erickson, Kim Davidson, Anna Koeppe.

Qualifying Students and Teachers

2016 POL Qualifying Students and Teachers

Students who qualified for state recitation competition

2016 POL Students who qualified for state recitation competition

POL teachers of the year Kim Davidson and Daniel Snethen

POL teachers of the year Kim Davidson and Daniel Snethen

Maddie Lukomski with Marcia Dunsmore (front left), POL state coordinator; Patrick Baker (front right), SDAC executive Director;
Heather Davidson (back left), SDAC staff; Jim Speirs (back center) Arts South Dakota; and Rebecca Cruse, POL Director.

Maddie Lukomski with Marcia Dunsmore (front left), POL state coordinator; Patrick Baker (front right), SDAC executive Director;
Heather Davidson (back left), SDAC staff; Jim Speirs (back center) Arts South Dakota; and Rebecca Cruse, POL Director.