Programming: National Poetry Contest! (April 2013)

Posted: March 18, 2013 in Resources
Words Unlocked: A Poetry Initiative for Youth in Facilities

In the spirit of National Poetry Month (April), and in an effort to encourage literary exploration by young people held in juvenile facilities, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS) is sponsoring Words Unlocked, a month-long initiative that includes practitioner-ready curricular materials, a nationwide competition, and publishing venues for student work.
Schools and educational programs in juvenile facilities around the U.S. are encouraged to start the initiative on April 1, 2013.  All materials for the initiative are available at the CEEAS wiki site, Words Unlocked. The wiki has a robust set of tools available for public use including:
  • Daily lesson plans;
  • Teacher-ready classroom materials, rubrics and assessments;
  • Teacher tips;
  • A seven-day and a month-long poetry curriculum; and
  • Handouts and materials available in SMARTBoard, ActivBoard, MS Word, and PDF formats.
Words Unlocked includes a nationwide poetry competition open to any youth held in a secure facility. Poets R. Dwayne Betts and Jimmy Santiago Baca will serve as the lead judges. In addition, CEEAS will engage the public in the judging by running a nationwide poll using Twitter.
Finally, CEEAS will publish an on-line and iBook anthology featuring student poetry, and will provide training for schools on how to publish their own anthologies. TheCEEAS blog will feature poems submitted during the initiative.
Visit the Words Unlocked wiki site today to begin planning for this amazing event!

 

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