Judging the Regional Poetry Recitation Contest 2014 . The Purpose . to promote the art of poetry in both the classroom and the community to encourage Armenia’s youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and performance to develop English skills in reading and speaking.
Students from your community in grades 7 – 12 .
Teachers and parents from your community.
Participants are grouped by grade level for their recitation session.For example, all 7th form students will recite during one session and compete against each other, but not against students from other grade levels.
The number of students reciting in each session will vary. Some sessions may have as few as two students and other sessions may have 30 or more students.
Judges welcome the participants and remind everyone of the rules for the session.For example turn off cell phones, no talking, no leaving the room.
The order of recitation is determined by participant numbers. Each registered participant will wear a number tag and should be called to recite in order.
Participants should remain in the session to act as attentive audience members.Applause is encouraged, but students are to remain quiet during presentations.
A panel of three judges will judge each session
Panels include both native English speakers and at least one proficient Armenian English speaker
Judges have a variety of backgrounds in education, interests, experiences and perspectives
Judges cannot be related to any of the presenters
Judges cannot be coaches or teachers of the presenters
Judges must work quickly to score many performances of a wide variety of poems
To avoid the appearance of conflict of interest judges should avoid interacting with students, teachers or parents before and during the competitionThe Judges Role
The integrity of the contest rests on the work of judges at each level of competition: school, regional, or national
Judges need to evaluate accurately and sensitively the quality of each performance according to the evaluation criteria
Judges work independently to evaluate the quality of student recitations. You will not confer with other judges.
Judges must only use the official evaluation rubric and score sheet distributed by the 2014 NPRC Committee
Judges fill out the evaluation sheet immediately after each student recites, circling one number for each category. You will have a minute or two between presenters.
When the session ends, using a calculator, judges tally their independent scores. The three judges combine their totals for each student. This is the raw score.
The highest raw score is awarded first place and the next highest scores go to second and third place.
If there is a tie in the raw scores, judges will consult their individual scores to break the tie.
Scores are confidential. You must not share the scores with participants, parents or teachers.
Judges’ decisions are final.
Prior to the Regional Contest , the organizer will send judges:
The evaluation criteria
Scoring sheet sample
Judges will receive training on how to use these materials.
At the contest, judges will receive
A name badge identifying them as a Judge
A set of scoring sheets
A copy of the evaluation criteria
Pencil, scratch paper, calculator
Preparedness and Physical Poise
Preparedness and Physical Poise
This is an important category, but also one of the easiest to evaluate.
The meaning of the poem will be revealed by how well the student uses his or her voice.
The student should interpret the poem for the audience.
For each of the evaluation criteria, a good performance should be given scores that range from 4 to 7.
A score of 9 or 10 is rare. It should be saved for truly exceptional recitations.
Judges should be careful to score each category separately. Don’t let the score in one category influence your score in another category.
Judges should check they have circled a number in eachcategory before handing in their evaluation sheets.
For being part of our Regional Poetry Contest