Poetry In Voice / Les voix de la poésie is recommending recitation contests at all levels be held online this year. Students, check out our Tips for Reciting Online page. Teachers, consult the Run an Online Contest page for tips on holding a contest, and check out our Team Regionals page for opportunities to join an online team contest near you. The Junior Contest will be held online, as it always has been. We hope to hold a live Senior Nationals in Montreal in April, 2021, A final decision will be made closer to the date, but we will definitely hold Nationals, as we did in 2020. Learn about changes to the contest format on the Senior Nationals page. There are more prizes to be won than ever before!


Classroom Level

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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)

Each student then learns their poem, memorizes it, and makes careful decisions about how they will recite it

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
  • interpretation
  • overall performance, and
  • accuracy 

using our Scoring Rubric, our Evaluation Sheet, and our Accuracy Score Sheet.

The student with the highest score is named the classroom champion.

Once a classroom champion is named, one of three things can happen next:

  1. The classroom champion moves on to compete against other classroom champions in the school contest.
  2. 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).
  3. 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?).