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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

40th Annual Poetry Declamation

Guidelines for the Poetry Declamation Contest on April 26, 2014

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Registration forms must be received by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese no later than FRIDAY April 4, 2014.

Each institution can only register 5 students in the same level. This means that students may have to go through a pre-selection process in their home institutions, and that teachers within the same schools must communicate with each other, in order to coordinate and select only 5 students, per Level, from their entire school to participate, so that only the 5 best contestants (per Level, per school) will compete and represent their institution in the Poetry Declamation Contest. For example, a school with five 3rd grade classes, four 2nd grade classes, and three 1st grade classes, all with different teachers, can only select 5 students from all of these classes to participate in the E1 Level and 5 students in the E1A Level. This applies to all schools, all grades, and all competition/registration Levels. In order to prevent confusion, conflicts, and complications, each student can only be registered in a single competition Level. Please be fair and honest. Do not register advanced students, or those who are heritage speakers, in with the non-heritage speaking participants. (If you believe your school may have an advantage because it is predominantly populated with heritage speakers, or is specifically a Spanish-language school, please contact me for alternative options or solutions.)

Registration must include the full text of the second, optional poem, selected by the participant, with the poem's title and name of the author, as well as the author's nationality. Also, please include the student's name, grade level, competition Level, and school name/institution on the second, optional poem. This greatly improves organization and aids the judges tremendously. All second/optional poems must be submitted by email, as electronic attachments, in their entirety, with all of the above/previously requested information. Also, each registration sheet should have only one Level of participants. I.e., each Level should have a separate registration sheet. Do not include more than one Level of participants per registration sheet. For example, Level K participants should have a separate registration sheet from Level KA participants, etc. Level M participants should have their own separate registration sheet, and Level MA participants should have their own registration sheet, and so on and so on. Finally, please also include each participant's shirt size, as commemorative t-shirts may be distributed, if possible, and a size count is required to be sure all participants receive theirs.

Students will present two poems; the one mandated by the organizers and a second one, to be selected by the participating student.

Each participant will memorize and prepare two poems for the contest: the first poem is chosen by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the second is chosen by the teacher, parent and student. Each student should choose a different, unique and individual, second poem, apart from their peers, in order to reduce repetition and redundancy. In other words, 5 students from the same class and/or school, all registered in Level E, for example, should not choose, memorize and recite the same poems (except for the first, required poem, mandated by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese). This will be their teacher's responsibility to ensure that they all have a variety of second poems to choose from, memorize and recite on the day of the event. Those who do not follow these instructions, and other guidelines and directions, will be penalized and/or disqualified by the judges, who will be instructed to do so. Contestants will be judged and scored on both poems with a 1-4 scale in four categories: Pronunciation, Intonation, Delivery, and Interpretation.

Each participant will present the first, mandatory poem, alone, to the judges only. Family, friends, and teachers may be welcomed to listen to the declamation of the second poem, chosen by the participant, (if there is adequate space in the classroom), but not to the first poem, chosen and mandated by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Important: The second poem must follow and meet the mandated length requirements, and should therefore be 4-8 lines long for Pre-K and Kindergarten (Levels K and KA); 8-12 lines long for Elementary 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades (Levels E1 and E1A); 12-18 lines long for both Elementary 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, (Levels E2 and E2A) & for Middle Schools 6th, 7th, and 8th grades (Levels M and MA); 14-25 lines long for all High School students, 9th-10th grades (Levels 1 and 1A) & 11th-12th grades (Levels 2 and 2A). Poems may not be edited or cut short in order to meet the length requirements.

NO EXCEPTIONS.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your presentation.

Parking is on a First-Come First-Serve basis. Click Here to see a map of the area.

Competition will be in BEN and MEZ classrooms, 830am-1130am.

Award CeremonyNEW LOCATION!) will be in SAC Auditorium (Room 1.402) at 12:00pm.

Inquiries: Department of Spanish and Portuguese - Jeff Becker (Senior Admin. Assoc.) jeffbecker@austin.utexas.edu / 512.471.8336


LEVELS

Level K - Pre-K & Kindergarten: All Pre-K and Kindergarten school students with no background in Spanish. (4-8 lines)

Level KA - Pre-K & Kindergarten: All Pre-K and Kindergarten school students with backgrounds in Spanish =Advanced/Heritage Speakers. (4-8 lines)

Level E1 - Elementary: (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) Elementary school students with no background in Spanish. (8-12 lines)

Level E1A - Elementary: (1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) Elementary school students with backgrounds in Spanish =Advanced/Heritage Speakers. (8-12 lines)

Level E2 – Elementary: (4th, 5th, and 6th grades) Elementary school students with no background in Spanish. (12-18 lines)

Level E2A - Elementary: (4th, 5th, and 6th grades) Elementary school students with backgrounds in Spanish =Advanced/Heritage Speakers. (12-18 lines)

Level M – Middle School: All 6th, 7th and 8th grade Middle school students with no background in Spanish. (12-18 lines)

Level MA – Middle School: All 6th, 7th and 8th grade Middle school students with backgrounds in Spanish =Advanced/Heritage Speakers. (12-18 lines)

Level I – High School: (9th and 10th grades) High school students with no background in Spanish. (14-25 lines)

Level IA – High School: (9th and 10th grades) High school students with backgrounds in Spanish =Advanced/Heritage Speakers. (14-25 lines)

Level II – High School: (11th and 12th grades) High school students with no background in Spanish. (14-25 lines)

Level IIA High School: (11th and 12th grades) High school students with backgrounds in Spanish =Advanced/Heritage Speakers. (14-25 lines)

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