Annual Poetry Out Loud

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The national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition engages thousands of Rhode Island high school students each year. It connects them to great works of poetry, and builds self-confidence and public recitation skills. Annually, each high school holds competitions to select a school champion who will compete at the state level and then the state champion competes at the national level.

Participating schools receive curriculum resources including Teaching Artists’ workshops, an anthology of more than 1,000 works of poetry, lesson plans and access to expanded competition preparation materials. The program is funded by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and is sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.

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