Classroom Tools

Registration and materials are free to all participating high schools. Participating teachers receive the following resources to help guide their students through the Poetry Out Loud experience:

  • a NCTE standards-based Teacher Guide
  • a Print anthology with over 650 poems
  • an Audio CD with sample readings by famous writers and actors, as well as advice on performing poetry
  • a Learning Recitation DVD with memorization tips and also includes footage from past finalists and winners

The Poetry Out Loud website at also has many tools for both teachers and students, including online versions of several of the resources listed above.  The website includes a searchable database of eligible poems, as well as a copy of the guidelines that judges base their scoring on.

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