Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program’s National Recitation Contest, sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, begins at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to a schoolwide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals. States hold their competitions in mid-March; the National Finals are held between April 23 and 25, 2018, at George Washington University. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, plus $200 for his or her school. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Deadlines: Vary by state; states hold their competitions by mid-March. Following the state finals, the National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, April 23–25, 2018.
Gamification, hashtag, tweep … When were these words first used in print? To find out, students simply enter a date in the search field on Mirriam-Webster’s Time Traveler webpage where they will see the words first recorded on that year.
In Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, bestselling author Donalyn Miller and fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, both literacy advocates with a deep passion for books, showcase the power of children’s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children’s meaningful engagement with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities.
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