Complete Alaska Poetry Out Loud Timeline for 2020-2021
Register by clicking on the link below:
Week of December 11, 2020: AK POL Registration for schools and at-large participants open.
January 29, 2021: Deadline for AK POL Registration
February 10, 2021: Deadline for submission of Regional AK POL videos for adjudication.
February 15-19, 2021: Regional AK POL Video Adjudication Week.
Week of February 22, 2021: Announcement of State Finalists for AK POL.
February 22 – March 9, 2021: AK POL State Finalist online meet-and-greet, distance coaching, coordination, and State AK POL video submission.
March 10, 2021: Deadline for AK State POL video submissions for adjudication.
March 12-15, 2021: Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finals via video adjudication.
March 15, 2021: Announcement of Alaska State Poetry Out Loud State Champion and Runner-up!
March 18, 2021: Deadline to register the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Champion for National online competition (contact and biographical information, poems, poem order, media permission form, etc.)
March 31, 2021: Deadline for submission of videos for the National POL Finals
TBD in April for Poetry Month: Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalist Celebration online!
May 2, 2021: National Poetry Out Loud Semifinals online.
May 27, 2021: National Poetry Out Loud Finals online.
2020 is the 15th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, and we hope you will join us! Rather than being a simple exercise in memorization, learning to recite poetry encompasses college and career-ready skills, including structural analysis, interpretation of meaning, point of view, close-reading and the use of higher order thinking skills.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and competes in the national finals. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for their school. At the national finals, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually.
What is The Process?
In 2020-2021 Alaska Regional and State Poetry Out Loud (AK POL) Competitions will be video-adjudicated competitions, as will the National Poetry Out Loud Competition in May. Due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 Pandemic, and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we strongly encourage teachers and organizers at all contest levels to hold virtual competitions for the 2020-2021 Poetry Out Loud (POL) season. We make this suggestion for the safety and well-being of students, parents, teachers, and everyone involved with POL. For any organizer who declines to hold a virtual competition, and elects to hold an in-person contest, please follow any federal, state, and local guidelines in regard to slowing the spread of COVID-19. This may include wearing masks, enforcing social distancing measures, hand-sanitizing, and ensuring participants and guardians are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending, and while participating in, a POL event.
Each participant at the Regional level of competition will be required to submit videos for two poem recitations; each participant at the State level of competition will be required to submit videos for three poem recitations.
At the school level, each school including grades 9-12 coordinates its own competition. School winners participate in a region-wide competition, with regions to be determined by the AK POL planning committee following the registration period. Participating, registered Schools may identify between 1-4 students to send forward to the region-wide competition: the deadline for submitting videos to the Regional level of competition is February 10, 2021.
For the 2020-2021 school cycle, the Alaska Poetry Out Loud program will also accept at-large registrations by individual students, to compete directly in the Regional level of competition providing the following guidelines are met:
- An at-large, individual student participant must identify an AK POL school teacher/liaison/coach, who has agreed to be a point of contact with the AK POL planning committee, and
- If the student’s school is registered for AK POL, the student must participate in the school competition; if more than four at-large, individual student participants register from any school entity, the school must determine the four students who will proceed forward to the Regional level of competition, from their school.
Should more than four individual students register from a single school, where the school is not registered, the AK POL planning committee will consult and coordinate with that school in mounting a school competition. Guidance for organizing a competition at the classroom and school competition is available at: https://www.poetryoutloud.org/teachers-organizers/organize-a-contest/. Please note: in the case where a school does not have enough students to hold a classroom or school competition, AK POL’s Regional level of competition will meet the program guidelines for eligibility.
General POL Information
ALASKA POETRY OUT LOUD TOOLKIT
- Poetry Out Loud Teacher Resources
- Online Anthology
- Poetry Out Loud Tips for recitation
- Poetry Out Loud FAQ sheet
Organizing a contest – Includes: Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
Judge Preparation – Includes: Advice for Judges, Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
Poetry Out Loud is a collaborative project of the
- Alaska State Council on the Arts,
- National Endowment for the Arts,
- Poetry Foundation,
- Alaska State Writing Consortium,
- Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC)
For more information about the Alaska POL Program contact Amanda Filori at email@example.com
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2016 Competition Info:
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Shannon Croft of West Anchorage High and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Shaktoolik. The POL competition was held March 15th at the Studio @360 North. There were 9 participants from high schools throughout the state of Alaska.
2015 Competition Info:
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Maeva Ordaz of West Anchorage High and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Shaktoolik. The POL competition was held March 14th at the Studio @360 North. There were 9 participants from high schools throughout the state of Alaska.
Maeva’s winning performance in the National Competition in 2015
Watch To hear about the program from the 2015 Alaska and National Poetry Out Loud Champion, Maeva Ordaz, in a video she produced with the Alaska Teen Media Institute you can click the link at https://vimeo.com/138813527. Maeva discusses the value of the program and her experience with the Alaska State and National Poetry Out Loud Program.
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