Poetry Out Loud: Teacher Resources

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.

Professional Development

2014 Professional Development Workshops for grade 6-12 teachers:
Poetry Performance

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

CANCELED - 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.

  • Capitalize on trends in spoken word and hip-hop to get your students excited about poetry.
  • Help your students master close reading and public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

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.

  • Free resources including a DVD of your performance to share with students.
  • A certificate for 8 hours of continuing education credit for all participating teachers.
  • Information on how your classes can participate in Poetry Out Loud.

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.

Residencies (Poet visits to your school)

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.

Online Primer for Teachers and Students preparing for the contest

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.

Judge Training

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!

Regional Finals

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.

Teacher Guide

A new teacher guide aligned to AZ College and Career Ready Standards is here! This guide is structured for standards based learning and contains innovative arts integration learning activities. 

Sign Up

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.

Arizona Board of Regents