Saturday, December 29, 2012

SNHU Merit Scholarships for 2013!

News Flash!
SNHU has just agreed to offer Merit Scholarships to NH POL School Champions and Alternate Champions!

Here's the deal (which is the same as was offered in 2011):

SNHU offers generous scholarships to POL school champions and alternate champions who choose to enroll at SNHU.Scholarship amounts are based on the student’s final high school academic GPA. Merit Scholarships range from $4000-$18,000 a year. Scholarships are renewable each year while enrolled at SNHU, provided students maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New England College offers Scholarship!

NH POL is pleased to announce that New England College will be offering NH POL School Champions $20,000 scholarships, should the student choose to enroll at NEC. We thank NEC for their support for and belief in the program.

As far as we know New Hampshire is the only participating state that has included college scholarships as part of the program.
Originally initiated by Rodger Martin, NH POL Coordinator 2004-2011, the POL College Scholarship concept goals aimed:
1. To highlight the fact that the students participating and achieving places in the competition have highly desirable qualities that would become important assets for higher learning institutions.
2. To inspire high end NH students to stay in NH for college.
3. To demonstrate and give weight in a financial way, that an arts experience like this is a valuable element in high school learning. This helps our teachers pitch the program to their high school administrations and communities.
4. To celebrate the hard and effective work each student has completed.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Scavenger Hunt worksheet

This is graciously shared by Kit Rodgers of Winnacunnet Hgh School:

Poetry Scavenger Hunt
Find a poem that…
                                                            Poem Title                                         Name of Poet
is argumentative
is twenty lines long
is playful
is in iambic pentameter
doesn’t rhyme
describes a person
has more than 4 stanzas
has fewer than 4 stanzas
is whimsical
is dark
is humorous
is by an American poet
is by a British poet
is by an African-American poet
is by a female poet
is by a Native-American poet
is about war
is about death
is reminiscing
is romantic
My first choice poem:
My second choice poem:
Please print out your first and second choice poems, staple them to this sheet, write your name on it, and give the whole packet to Ms. Smith.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Semifinal Groupings- first draft

We've been working on the divisions- always a bit of a puzzle to even out the numbers of competitors and the locations... The goal is to keep schools' drive times to 1 hour or less (except Groveton). Determining snow date plans is in the works. 
SNHU (sends 3 finalists to state finals)  Tuesday, March 5, 7pm
Academy for Science & Design
Alvirne High School
Derryfield School
Goffstown High School
High Mowing School
Jesse Remington High School
Pembroke Academy
Souhegan High School
Timberlane Regional High School
Windham High School

PSU (sends 2 finalists to state finals) Thursday, March 7, 7pm

Groveton High School
Holderness School
Lebanon High School
LinWood Public School
Newfound Regional High School
Plymouth Regional High School
Woodsville High School

NEC (sends 3 finalists to state finals) Friday, March 8, 7pm
Bishop Brady High School
Bow High School
Concord High School
CONVAL High School
Hopkinton Middle High School
John Stark Regional High School
Kearsage High School
Keene Public Library
Parker Academy

UNH(sends 3 finalists to state finals)Monday, March 11, 7pm
Coe Brown Northwood Academy
Dover High School
Exeter High School
Kingswood Regional High School
Newmarket High School
Oyster River High School
Portsmouth High School
Spaulding High School
St Thomas Aquinas High school
Winnacunnet High School
State Finals: Friday, March 15, 7pm  will involve 11 competitors plus 2 calibrators
Snowdate: Monday March 18, 7pm

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Basic NH POL Program Check List

Here's a basic check list for setting up and running your NH Poetry Out Loud Program:
  1. Talk with teachers at your school: who will participate this year?
  2. Set a school competition date-  plan for a maximum 2 hour event. Decide if during school day or an evening event works best for your school. Book the space.
  3. Deadline for school competitions: before February 22, but you may want to set your date priro to Feb. 17, as we are incorporating a new Student Clinic event for school champions and alternate champions on that date.
  4. Send NH POL team your date.
  5. Back plan from your school competition date to incorporate any amount of the Poetry Out Loud curriculum you and your teachers want to apply.
  6. Read through the Teacher Toolkit , and encourage your fellow teachers to do the same.
  7. Figure out how many "classrooms" will be participating, and plan how "classroom competitions" will feed into your  "all school competition".
  8. Recruit 3-5 performance judges, 1 accuracy judge, 1 prompter, 1-2 scorers for your school competition
  9. Get a team together to plan your school championship event, delegate paperwork, refreshments, music interlude, programs, etc
  10. Incorporate poetry into your curriculum- remember there are lesson plans and helpful resources in your toolkit and online to help with this.
  11. Help student competitors to choose their poems- must be from the www.poetryoutloud.org poem list.
  12. Hold your classroom competitions
  13. Hold your all school competition
  14. Report your school champion and alternate champion to NH POL team
  15. make sure your champion and alternate champion have 3 poems ready for state semifinals
  16. Have your school champion and alternate champion fill out/submit state semifinal registration forms.
  17. Help your champion/alternate champion prepare for semifinals.
  18. Accompany your champion/alternate champion to semifinals.

Fall 2012 Teacher Orientation Notes

NH Poetry Out Loud 2012-2013
Teacher Orientation Notes combined

Getting Started: Poetry in the Classroom- variations on applying the poetry curriculum :
      Some schools have the recitation as voluntary, some require it
      A school started the program incorporating just AP students
      Some schools ask students to write about why they chose their poem
      Poetry work becomes part of writing portfolio for some schools
      Sarah, from Holderness outlined pieces of her program:
      Making lists of all kinds of poems (masculine poems, poems with animals, etc)
      Students must present their poem and their poet- 2 slides 2 minutes
      “Font your poem” exercise
      Warm up- girl poem, boy poem- groups say the poem together
      Stephanie, from Kingswood outlined her plan:
      Starts with what/why poetry is about
      Students choose a poem they love
      Tone Map lesson- S. recommends this highly
      Performance game- “look up, look down” eye contact exercise
      Recitation performance counts as a test grade; memorization = extra credit
      S. says:  that POL is “not an extra thing, it is the way I teach poetry- the best way!”
      Recommends: “Brave New Voice” youtube video; “I’m Thinking about You”; “Pretty” poetry slam
      James, from Kearsarge back plans to have the content culminate the week before winter carnival. Students get points for participating and attending. The curriculum is voluntary for teachers and not necessarily connected to competition. 25 students competed last year, 8 went on to school championship, plans for 12 this year.
      Maureen, from Dover coordinates to create an integrated arts day, working with scholastic arts awards and UNH chamber music event. Many teachers participate in the program, and it is mandatory for all 9th graders, but Maureen also offers an after school group version to incorporate students who want to participate and don’t have a participating teacher. Holds run off events in January. Gets 500 at event.
      Alison, from Pembroke:”I begin by having students go to the computer lab and choosing their own poems.  They have a worksheet that they need to fill out about the poem that they choose.  All students must participate, but I tell all my students that if they are interested in the school competition, they need to choose 2 poems.  For our classroom competition,  they only need to recite one poem. Students have already learned and recited a Shakspearean monologue in the fall, so they know what to expect.
  • Integrates learning of POL poems with a poetry unit. 
  • Looks at a large variety of poems and has students write poetry as well.   
  • Works on memorization strategies and give students designated time just to work on paraphrasing, chunking, silent reading, and partner practicing with their poems.

      Analyze a partner’s poem exercise
      Illustrating the poem assignment
      Poetry Scavenger Hunt- one page worksheet
Designing a School Competition that Makes Sense for Your School- variations:
      Small, voluntary, after school “club” version: promoting the program via the library, finding partners in the school and community volunteers to help. Learning after year 1: Getting a calibrator=important!
      Large, during school day, standing room only version: administrators and teachers as judges, student jazz band for interludes
      Gloria from Jesse Remington-small school: created “winter wonderland” -special night out ambiance with twinkling lights; uses integrated arts approach;has music playing, coordinator did emcee role, but thinks it’s better if that doesn’t happen. Judges get folder with laminated scoring criteria sheet. Judges come ½ hour prior for their training.Gloria has developed an additional spread sheet to help judges.
  • Alison, from Pembroke-  holds school competition in second week of February to get as many English teachers on board as possible.  Encourages teachers to dedicate at least three weeks to POL at the start of the semester.  Some students, who have competed in previous years, have started long before this. Has 3 judges each year, including  headmaster. Orients other judges with the materials and a "judges how to session" before the actual competition. Offers coaching meetings after school before the competition. After the school competition, our 2 winners, meet with school co-coordinators several times for coaching.  
Student input: (At Holderness Orientation, we had 3 students sit in on part of the meeting and 1 student presented a poem; at Hopkinton, we had 1 student present a poem and answer some questions.)
      Finding the poem- some by luck, some by title, some given suggestions- but all agreed the poem had to mean something to them to make it work.
Teacher ideas/comments:
      Helping kids sift through poems for poem choice is a challenge
      If anyone has list of poems to share it would help us all! humorous poems, angry poems, love poems, poems by women, bilingual poems, nonamerican poems, etc
      Need to know about scholarship opportunities. For some schools it helps to draw students into the program.
      Getting peers on board: get them to see it once (sells itself);reaching out to world language, social studies teachers, reading teacher;getting peers to be judges, kids promote within school
      Selling points: the program involves that “different” kid; sparks inspiration in teachers and students
The National Competition- what happens when your student represents NH in Washington DC:
Jason Lambert shared his experience last spring:
      whirlwind- busy, fun, challenging schedule of recitations
      degree of polish, consistency- concept of what it takes: self awareness, poem selection is key, tone of the poem/tone of the presentation
Cynthia shared learning points she gathered from other states during nationals. Favorite moment: seeing a group of students, who did not advance, performing their 3rd poem to each other in a sandwich shop- sharing their poems/experience. “Level of Difficulty” discussion: this category will most likely go away after this year. Cynthia reported that this criteria point is contentious for many states, as it asks judges to make a judgement about the poems themselves.
Several school report preparing the level of difficulty score for their judges, which is not exactly what is supposed to happen, but is understandable. This does not happen at state level- which is why we need the poem choices in advance of the semifinals.
What does “dramatic appropriateness” mean? A group discussion on finding that balance in presenting dynamic recitations
      Letting the words carry the weight
      physical support of the poem
      seems natural, not choreographed
      owning the story
      voice- the student’s own
      connect with audience
      encourage range of tones, starting at school level.
      judges can be sucked in by drama

Question raised by a teacher regarding NH rule that previous state champions can not compete in subsequent years. Discussion at that orientation revealed that teachers were open to retracting that rule. Cynthia and Arlene will bring the question to the Advisory group.
General Info:
      Competition Timing and Personnel (handout attached)
      Resources handout (attached)
      New blog is the place for deadlines, info:
      National site has lots of helpful info: www.poetryoutloud.org
      Toolkits: read them cover to cover, suggest this also to peer teachers

New Student Clinic Event: Cynthia introduced the concept of a gathering(not mandatory) open to all school champions and alternate champions for a “clinic” that would include microphone and presentation coaching. Potential date is Sunday Feb.17, which may encourage schools to hold their competitions ahead of this date.
If you would like to invite a poet to your school, let us know, and we can refer you.
Teacher participated in an exercise to consider the team approach to the program. What task could you get someone else to do? What are the key tasks you have to get done ahead of time? What are the challenging pieces?
      Intro to English dept- get more teachers involved
      Rotary- scholarship, board presentation
      Collaborating with other teachers to plan classroom lesson
      Guest presentations from community
      Presentation workshops
      Get someone else to attend orientation
      Contact local businesses for monetary/other support
      Looking at calendar to set school competition date
      Find time in class for practice
      Plan publicity, newspaper coverage
      Scholastic awards connection
      Announce POL competition to school
      Get other arts teachers involved to be part of competition event
      Guest judge in the classroom
      Find outside judges
      Cultivation of support, judges, volunteers
      Back planning to give students enough time to be ready
      Get development director to mine alumni for judges
      Recruit MC
      Line up space and support materials for competition
      Dress rehearsal?
      Snacks planning/planning refreshments- parents? other group for fundraiser?Lit mag?
      provide extra support and coaching for students competing in school championship
      Figure out how we will pare our 100 competitors down to 20
      Coordinate prizes
      Plan musicians
      From classroom comp. to school wide, a couple of “tune-up” workshops led by qualified community members- dept./school/local in prep for school comp.
      Assign 2 community members to get gift donations for winners
      Entertainment- get someone else to plan/supervise it
      Copying program
      Copy poems
      Catering? flowers?
      Get someone else to promote the event
      Plan for kids to observe the event
      Organize papers/scoring sheets for judges, directions for judges
      Get someone to videotape the event
      Help students practice memorization- collaborate with other teachers?
      Getting kids to come to the evetn
      Meet with school winners to prepare for state semifinals
      Create notebooks for judges