Here’s how to bring Poetry In Voice into your classroom.
STUDENTS MEMORIZE ONE POEM
At the classroom level of the contest, students learn one poem by heart and then recite it.
EVALUATE EACH STUDENTS' RECITATION
NAME AND CELEBRATE YOUR CLASSROOM WINNER
The student with the highest score is your classroom champion. If there’s a tie, refer to our Rules to break it.
KEEP IT GOING OR END IT HERE?
We hope that you’ll encourage your classroom champion to move on and compete in your school contest and/or the Online Semifinals; however, you and your students may decide to end your involvement with Poetry In Voice here. Through exploration, memorization, and performance, your students will have developed a personal relationship with poetry — and that’s invaluable.
CHECK WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES
Ask your colleagues if they have also named a champion or champions in their classrooms. If so, you can start to prepare for the school contest with your students, your colleagues, and their students. If only one champion is named and no school contest is to be held,* you can now help that student prepare for the Online Semifinals.
*We strongly recommend that any student who advances from the classroom contest directly to the Online Semifinals be given the opportunity to recite all of their poems in front of a large audience, for example, at an assembly. Whenever possible, have these students recite using a microphone on a stand (a microphone will be used at the National Finals).