Judge a Contest
For each of their recitations, students receive an accuracy score and a cumulative performance score.
At the classroom contest, the teacher can be the sole performance judge. Another teacher or a student can play the role of accuracy judge.
At the school contest, you’ll need one accuracy judge and three performance judges. If students will be reciting in French, you’ll need additional French-speaking judges.
At the Online Semifinals and the National Finals, Canadian poets, writers, and performers are judges.
For more information about judging, refer to our Judge’s Guide.
An accuracy judge silently reads the poem being recited (using the version from our website) and uses our Accuracy Score Sheet to give the student an accuracy score.
Our accuracy scoring system differentiates between small errors (saying “a” instead of “the,” for example), big errors (like skipping a line or a stanza), and using the prompter.
A perfect accuracy score is 8, and no matter how many accuracy errors a student makes, the lowest possible accuracy score is 1.
Review the Accuracy Score Sheet carefully and ask the contest organizer any questions you may have.
Before the ContestRead through the poems that will be recited (the contest organizer should provide you with these). Devise a system for marking up each kind of error. For example:
During the Contest
As each student recites, you will closely watch their performance and evaluate for physical presence, voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, interpretation, and overall performance.
Each aspect of a student’s recitation can be rated from Very Weak to Outstanding, and the maximum performance score is 33.
Review the evaluation materials carefully and ask the contest organizer any questions you may have.
Before the Contest
The contest organizer will provide you with a copy of the poems that will be recited. It’s helpful to read through the poems and become familiar with them.