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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.

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the purpose
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
the participants
The Participants

Students from your community in grades 7 – 12 .

  • Students select poems from the official Poetry Samplers distributed by the 2014 National Poetry Recitation Committee.
  • Students practice with teachers, parents, and peers to develop their skills in poise, voice, and interpretation.
  • Students are expected to be prepared and to follow the rules.

Teachers and parents from your community.

  • Adults provide support and encouragement for young people to try a new experience, to set goals, to rehearse and apply their new skills.
the process for a judging session
The Process for a Judging Session

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.

the judges table
The Judges Table

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

the judges role
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 competition

The 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

the judging rules
The Judging Rules

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.

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The Judging Rules

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.

the judges materials
The Judges Materials

Prior to the Regional Contest , the organizer will send judges:

The evaluation criteria

Scoring sheet sample

Poetry sampler

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

the judging criteria
The Judging Criteria

Preparedness and Physical Poise



the evaluation criteria
The Evaluation Criteria

Preparedness and Physical Poise

This is an important category, but also one of the easiest to evaluate.

  • This can only be judged by looking at the person reciting.
  • The student should be poised – but not artificially so – projecting ease and confidence by his or her physical presence.
  • A weaker performance will be one in which the student appears nervous or awkward, or loses eye contact with the audience.
  • Astronger performance will be commanding and captivating.
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The Evaluation Criteria


The meaning of the poem will be revealed by how well the student uses his or her voice.

  • Listen for volume, rate, inflection, and pronunciation.
  • The voice should be clear and loud enough to catch the attention of all the audience without yelling.
  • The rate should suit the nature of the poem; not rushed or too slow.
  • Words should be pronounced correctly.
  • There should be no sing-song pattern with poems that rhyme.
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The Evaluation Criteria


The student should interpret the poem for the audience.

    • demonstrate that they know the meaning of every line and every word of the poem.
    • make difficult lines or passages clear for the listeners.
    • communicate the correct tone of the poem— humor, awe, sadness, joy, fear, etc.
  • A great performance deepens and enlivens the poem.
  • A weak performance obscures the meaning of the poem.
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The Evaluation Criteria

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.

judges preparation
Judges Preparation
  • Familiarize yourself with the evaluation criteria and scoring rubric
  • Review video examples of outstanding recitations at www.poetryoutloud.org
  • Review the poetry sampler
  • Ask organizer any questions you may have about the poetry contest or the judges role
  • Attend orientation and judges training session
thank you

Thank You!

For being part of our Regional Poetry Contest