Teacher Resources


Poetry Out Loud in the Classroom

Every year thousands of teachers integrate Poetry Out Loud into their curricula. These links will help you to run a successful program in your classroom.

Download the Complete Teacher's Guide

Download Tips on Dramatic Appropriateness

Visit the National POL website for great teaching resources including:

  • Valuable tips for teaching Poetry Out Loud
  • Lesson plans and a suggested class schedule
  • Program accessibility
  • NCTE and Common Core Standards


Organizing a School-wide Contest Are you ready to set up a contest at your school? Download the Complete Judge's Guide.

Our Google docs page has all of the tools you need in order to organize and run a successful Poetry Out Loud event.


You can also visit the National POL website for additional teaching resources including:


To be a part of the official Poetry Out Loud program, please register online by November 7, 2016.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission, at 207/287-2713 or by email at vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra.

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