Poetry Out Loud

Class Details:

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Students will study forms of poetry, learn about the life of poets and learn to write poetry. They will learn to perform poetry as an art form. Emphasis, projection and other ways to interpret and insert emotion into poetry read aloud will be explored.

Students will prepare to compete in the Poetry Out Loud competition, a spoken word poetry competition with a national scholarship prize. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

For more information, visit: www.poetryoutloud.org.

Recommended Ages:

14 - 18


Contact us for pricing as cost varies based on class length, location, and number of students.


All classes are held at The Stage Door in east Plano, unless otherwise specified.



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