“The poems students memorize will be with them all their lives.”

— Margaret Atwood

Classroom Contest

Here’s how to bring our recitation contest into your classroom.

Do your students want to compete in teams? You can check out this lesson plan and contact Poetry In Voice to see if a Team Regional event is planned in your area.

 

EACH STUDENT MEMORIZES ONE POEM

At the classroom level, each student learns one poem by heart and then recites it.

EVALUATE  STUDENTS' RECITATIONS

Use our Scoring RubricEvaluation Sheet, and Accuracy Score Sheet to assign a score to each student’s 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 in the competition; 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’ve also named a champion or champions in their classrooms. If so, you can prepare for the school contest with your students, your colleagues, and their students. If only one classroom 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).