Getting Started

Poetry Out Loud to all public, private and home schooled high schools in Tennessee.

Poetry Out Loud satisfies more than half of the National Council of Teachers in English language arts standards, and more than half of Tennessee’s language arts standards. And any public, private or home school high school is encouraged to participate in the event.

Participating schools receive free course and curriculum materials including a Teacher’s Guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance, and an audio CD featuring well-known actors and writers reading great poems.

The teacher’s guide includes all elements that a teacher needs to implement the program, from tools to help students memorize and perform great poetry, to optional lesson plans to give students the opportunity to discuss poems and to write poetry of their own.

The schedule and curriculum are designed to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. The program takes place in the classroom over a two- to three-week period, according to each teacher’s interest and schedule, and will not require full class periods during that time.

Each participating teacher will receive a POL Teacher Packet including an audio CD and a Learning Recitation DVD for use in the classroom as well as recommended lesson plans.



For Students
This section of the Poetry Out Loud website provides access to the online anthology and other resources for students.

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You may not think of You Tube as a likely source for Poetry Out Loud, but you’ll be surprised to discover that many students have used the site as a way to garner feedback from peers and show off their skills. You'll find several pages of student recitations, National and Local media, backstage documentaries, and even a spoof of Poetry Out Loud. Find out how other students across the nation are taking to this program and have put their spin on it.



jonPoetry Out Loud is entering its eighth exciting year in Tennessee. Poetry Out Loud is administered by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Contact James Wells at (615) 532-5934 or for information and a toolkit. The Poetry Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission provide all the necessary materials for sponsoring a Poetry Out Loud contest in your school.