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Below: Video from 2012 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud state finals
NOTICE: Nebraska Arts Council is accepting registrations from schools and educators through November 1 for the coming Poetry Out Loud season. For more information, please visit the Nebraska Arts Council website. Additionally, there is a dedicated Facebook Page.
Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free multimedia curriculum materials – a teachers’ guide, DVD, posters, and comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards – to augment their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. In Nebraska, free poetry recitation workshops for students are available to many participating schools. These workshops are led by Nebraska Arts Council roster teaching artists who have expertise in poetry and performance. All Nebraska high schools are welcome to participate in Poetry Out Loud.
Each year, school-level recitation champions advance to regional semi-finals. Regional winners then move on to the state competition held in Lincoln. Nebraska's state winner receives a monetary award as well as a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals.