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Online Study Guides

  • Teaching Resources
    Every year thousands of teachers integrate Poetry Out Loud into their curricula. This section has everything you need to run a successful program in your classroom.

Audio and Visual Resources

  • Listen to Poetry
    This audio guide contains distinguished actors and poets reading and speaking about poetry. Listen to these tracks to help you or your students master the art of recitation.

  • Learning Recitation
    Watch these National Final recitations and evaluate the strengths (and weaknesses!) of each, according to Poetry Out Loud evaluation criteria. Discuss the merits of these performances, which ones the you like best and why and how the poems are different when read versus recited.

Curriculum Resources

  • Lesson Plans
    Poetry Out Loud is not intended to replace classroom activities like creative writing. In fact, the two naturally complement each other. For that reason, we have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers.

Professional Development Workshops

  • Free Workshops for teachers
    Bring poetry to life in your classroom! Professional development credits are available. Find dates and details for upcoming workshops.

Travel and Workshop Assistance

  • Travel and Workshop Fund
    NJPOL will provide a limited number of grants to educational entities for travel to a NJ Poetry Out Loud Regional or State Final Contest or to hold a POL student workshop or professional development workshop for classroom teachers.

Teacher Discussion Group

  • Join the NJPOL Teacher Discussion Group!
    NJPOL invites all teachers involved in the program to join a Facebook page created just for teachers to discuss the POL program, sharing thoughts, experiences, and questions. This will be a working resource for all teachers following the POL curriculum.