To prepare for the classroom contest, each student explores our anthology and chooses one poem, either in English or in French.
Junior Competition (grades 6-8)
Senior Competition (grades 9-12)
At the classroom contest, each student recites their poem and the teacher (or other students) judge each recitation for:
- physical presence
- voice and articulation
- evidence of understanding
- overall performance, and
The student with the highest score is named the classroom champion.
Once a classroom champion is named, one of three things can happen next:
- The classroom champion moves on to compete against other classroom champions in the school contest.
- If no other classroom champion is named at that school, then that champion can advance directly to the Junior Online Finals (for champions in grades 6-8) or to the Online Qualfiers (for champions in grades 9-12).
- A classroom champion might decide to not compete in the rest of the competition (but then they’d miss the chance to win prizes and who'd want to miss that?).