Poetry Out Loud has been the most memorable and engaging project I've tried in years. Folding in poetry study, writing, theater/drama, collaborative work, and public speaking, this project is an incredible experience your students won't forget.
For this 2-4 week project, students memorize a poem of their choice from the Poetry Out Loud anthology, study its tone and meaning, and practice reciting the poem in a way that will help the audience understand it. You can easily focus on the literary study more than the public speaking aspect or vice versa, or make it an all-encompassing project that will hit a TON of your CCSS or statewide standards!
Included in this bundle are an introduction to the project for teachers, students, and parents, sample poems, and several activities for reading, research, and writing that will help your students gain a better understanding of their poems through close reading. I included two options for assessing the project, one of which is very lenient for more vulnerable or younger learners, and another official rubric from the Poetry Out Loud website.
You can use these materials on your own at any point during the year, in April during National Poetry Month, or you can encourage your colleagues to get their students to compete in a schoolwide competition!
*All poems are available on the PoetryOutLoud.org website. If you aren't participating in the national competition though, feel free to allow students to browse other published poems alongside the POL anthology, using the internet, library, or your textbook. This is a great way to practice or revisit research standards without doing a full blown research paper.
*Judging and competition information is available on PoetryOutLoud.org.