Using the Poetry Out Loud curriculum, teachers guide students toward a deeper understanding of the power of language and literature. Students develop a personal relationship with great poems while learning about their literary heritage through poetry recitation. Plus, participants master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and improve their reading comprehension scores.
Poetry Out Loud was started by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In 2005, the council launched it in Florida and has expanded it to include public schools, private schools, parochial schools and home-schooled students, throughout the state. The program is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. and awards a total of $100,000 in prizes to high school students and their schools each year.
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