ND (Amy Schmidt)- Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation
program conducted by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry
Foundation, and state arts agencies in all fifty states.
Out Loud (POL) builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral
art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movement among our
youth. By incorporating memorization and performance in the
classroom, POL sets the stage for students to deepen their
understanding of figurative language, word relationships and the
nuances within word meanings. In addition, students learn about
great poetry, explore their literary heritage and gain confidence in
public speaking skills.
at the classroom level, teachers use free POL multimedia curriculum
materials – a Teachers’ Guide, posters, and comprehensive
website, all aligned to national standards – to augment their
regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a
classroom-level competition. Winners from the classroom
competition advance to school, state and the National POL
schools wishing to participate in the POL program must officially
register through North Dakota Council on the Arts. POL Teacher
Resource materials will be mailed to all participating teachers.
School registration has been extended to October 15, 2017.
more information see www.ndpol.com/program-details.html.
form can be found at
support teachers in this effort, North Dakota Council on the Arts
(NDCA) offers non-matching grant funds for poet visits to schools
registered in the POL Program. See Poets
in Schools Grant for more information.
is pleased to announce the 2018 Poetry Out Loud (POL) Competition has
been scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2018 and will take place at
the North Dakota State Heritage Center. All Poetry Out Loud State
Finals events are free and open to the public. For more information
contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593, or via e-mail at