April is National Poetry Month and Earth Day Month, and we’re getting a head start on both by sponsoring our annual Poetry for the Planet poetry contest. You can win prizes, get published, and perform your poem at the VPAA Earth Day Ceremony on April 23rd.
Who can enter? All VPAA students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
How Do I Enter a Poem?
1. Write an original poem celebrating the environment and/or Earth Day. It can be about the earth, its plants and animals, habitats, clean water, recycling, conserving wildlife or energy, climate change, eating locally grown food, how one person’s choices and actions can make a difference, the history of Earth Day, or anything that is related to caring for our home planet. This year is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
2. Your poem must be neatly handwritten or typed on an 8 ½ X 11 sheet of paper. Students are encourgaed to use the back of scrap paper to demonstrate resonsible re-use of our resources!
3. Your first and last name, your grade, and your homeroom teacher’s name must be on the back of your poem.
4. Turn the poem in to Mrs. Hanson or Mrs. Wilkes in the media centers no later than Friday, April 16th.
5. One winner and two runners-up will be selected for each grade level group, K – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8.
How will my poem be judged?
VPAA 2010 Poetry for the Planet Judging Criteria
All poems in each age group will be judged using the following criteria. By reading the poem, it is evident that:
- The poet knows and cares about the topic of the poem.
- The poem evokes a response in the reader, appealing to emotions and/or intellect.
- The poet uses language in a fresh way, avoiding clichés and forced rhymes.
- The poet uses language precisely and economically.
Scoring: Total of 100 points possible
A. Relevance to the theme – up to 25 points
Does the poem support the theme of “Earth Day”?
B. Innovation and Creativity – up to 25 points
Does the poem have a creative approach to the theme?
Does the poem use language in an interesting way (with no clichés or forced rhymes)?
Is the poem original (not plagiarized in any way)?
C. Judge’s Impression – up to 20 points
D. Fluency – up to 10 points
Smooth, flowing, written with ease, polished.
E. Poetic structure – up to 15 points
Does the poem follow the rules/format for the poetic form chosen (haiku, free verse, sonnet, etc.)?
F. Spelling – up to 5 points
Is proper spelling used in the poem?
Criteria adapted from AFHE poetry contest www.afhe.org/resources/forms/2009_afhe_poetry_contest_judging_crit.pdf
Here are some tips on writing poetry. Let the creativity flow. We look forward to many great entries to our contest this year !