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The Poetry Center is pleased to announce its regional partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts in administering and facilitating Poetry Out Loud for the Southern Arizona region.
Below are the Poetry Out Loud resources the Poetry Center will make available to schools located in Southern Arizona.
2014 Professional Development Workshops for grade 6-12 teachers:
October 11 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ.
1508 E. Helen Street, Tucson, AZ 85721
November 8th 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ellis-Shackleford House, Phoenix, AZ.
1242 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
$25 registration fee. Register by downloading this form and faxing it to 520-621-5566.
Participants will develop, memorize and perform a favorite poem from the National Poetry Out Loud anthology. Through this process, they will learn first-hand about the benefits, challenges, and process of guiding students to develop their own poetry performances of favorite poems.
Through the use of innovative arts integration learning activities, participants will especially find useful an opportunity to extend ELA standards-based learning and skills. This professional development will connect poetry performance to ELA lessons, providing a platform for the entire school year.
This workshop is based around the National Poetry Out Loud Contest for high school students, but general enough for all 6-12 grade teachers to benefit from and use in their classes.
These workshops are made possible by support from the University of Arizona College of Humanities, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation.
Through funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Poetry Center offers one day visits (7 hours) from poets for registered schools to help guide your students through the process of creating unique poem performances. The residency visits are offered to schools in Southern Arizona for FREE! In order to receive a residency visit, lead teachers must attend a planning meeting, sign a contract, and agree to coordinate the visit with all parties at the school site. We have a limited number of visits to offer and they are available on a first come first serve basis. To schedule your residency, please fill out this form and fax it to Renee Angle at 520-621-5566.
View past participants of the Poetry Out Loud contest recite their work and SLAM experts speak about some of the fundamentals of performance. A good review for anyone preparing for Poetry Out Loud experience.
The Poetry Center can send representatives to deliver a 45 minute judge training workshop for judges you select for school-wide competitions. We are no longer able to send trained judges to school sites. Poetry Center does send an ambassador to each school competition bearing gifts for the top three winners!
Winners from each school competition will compete at a regional finals hosted by the Poetry Center. The 2015 Semi-Finals will be held February 14th at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and we encourage all friends and family of competing students to attend. Flyers will be made available to lead teachers to distribute about the event, information will also be made available on the web.
A new teacher guide written by our teaching artists with Arts Integration Solutions will be posted here in the beginning of September! This guide is structured for standards based learning and contains innovative arts integration learning activities. In the meantime, check out this very informative Best Practices for Implementing Poetry Out Loud in your classrooms.
If you are a school in Southern Arizona, you can register for the program here, on this site, August 4th to October 24th. If you a school from the central or northern region, visit the Arizona Commission on the Arts website.