Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that begins on a school-wide level all across the country. Competitors will memorize, prepare, and perform recitations of well-known poems for a panel of judges. The winner from each school progresses to the regional competition, the state-wide competition, and ultimately the national competition featuring representatives from every state in Washington, D.C. (online for 2021)2021 COMPETITIONEmail TaraCivitillo@dvrhs.org by Wednesday, Dec. 23 to let me know you are competing.Email your videos (2 poems) NO LATER THAN Monday, January 11th to TaraCivitillo@dvrhs.org
RULES: Contestants will need to memorize and perform TWO (2) poems in the competition from the approved eligible poems list.Judging will be based on the Poetry Out Loud tips/criteria and scoring rubric.
National Poetry Out Loud Website: http://www.poetryoutloud.org
Info on NJ's POL: https://www.njpol.orgHow to film a POL recitationFilming requirements:• Film with a horizontal orientation.• Face the camera so it captures your head to mid-torso (medium shot).• Each recitation should be filmed in one single shot from one static angle.• The sound and picture must be clear.• Videos cannot be edited. Do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds, or computer animation.• Use of professional recording studios is prohibited.• For video submission contests, each recitation requires its own separate video.Tips:• Stand in front of a neutral background, if possible. Try to avoid wearing clothing in similar colors to the background.• Do not place light sources behind you to avoid being backlit.• Students may look directly into the camera, at a fixed spot, or at an imagined audience.• Make sure you are the only visible and audible person in the video.• Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to you.• Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording a few seconds after the end.• For video submission contests, check with the contest organizer if there are file size limits to videos and if there is a preferred naming convention to save your videos.• Examples of student filmed POL recitations can be found on the POL YouTube page.Reminder – Recitation Requirements:• Students must begin by stating the title of the poem and the poet’s name, and the translator, if applicable.• A student’s own editorial comments before or after the poem are not allowed.• Poems must be recited from memory.
Previous School-Wide Competition Winners:2021- You?2020- No competitor2019- Samantha Ruby2018 - Rachel Baransky2017 - Rachel Baransky2016 - Lara Watrous2015 - Kaya Cousin2014 - Serena ColumbroClick HERE 2019 NJ Poetry Out Loud National Champion, Isabella Callery, recite "Thoughtless Cruelty" by Charles Lamb.