Welcome to the eleventh year of Poetry Out Loud in Hawaii! Once again The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Honolulu Theatre for Youth to offer this exciting poetry recitation contest in the islands.
The state finals for 2015-16 will be held at Tenney Theatre, Cathedral of St. Andrew, Sunday, February 21st. The event will be free and open to the public.
Open to all students in grades 9 through 12, Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to island and/or state competitions depending on the number of participants, and ultimately to the National Finals. In 2015, Poetry Out Loud awarded over $100,000 in prizes to students and schools at the state and national levels.
The program is designed specifically to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. The program takes place at the classroom level over the span of 2 to 3 weeks, according to each teacher’s interest and agenda, and it does not require full class periods. Teachers are provided with free curriculum materials – a teacher’s guide, posters, and website, all designed to meet national standards – to augment their regular curriculum with poetry recitation and competition.
Please feel free to visit the national Poetry Out Loud website for a wealth of information on the contest at www.poetryoutloud.org. The website also has the 2015-2016 Teacher Toolkit available as a pdf download.
If you have any questions or would like more information on the contest please contact us at 839-9885 ext 704 or at email@example.com
This program is supported in part by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai'i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.