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Senior Poetry

Online Competition Only

The Poetry competition provides an opportunity for a student to use creative details and poetic devices through written expression as he/she interprets the prompt that will be given at the beginning of the competition. Clubs may enter a student in both Division I and Division II. A student may take only one Academic test to include Creative Writing, Poetry and Beta Spelling Bee.

Time Limit: 60 Minutes

Competition Guidelines

  • No prewritten materials allowed.
  • Each student may bring a dictionary and/or thesaurus.
  • A prompt for the poem will be assigned at the beginning of the one hour competition.

Educational Connections

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Vocabulary
  • Poetic Devices
  • Written Communication
  • Information and Media Literacy

    How to Enter

  • Visit www.betaclub.org/registration and follow directions.
  • Register students and then select competitions to enter.
  • Select the student that will participate in this competition.

National Eligibility

All Plaques Awarded at State Convention

Judging Criteria

Poetry 16-20 11-15 6-10 1-5
Purpose and Focus The prompt is addressed with an excellent purpose and focus. The prompt is addressed with a good purpose and focus. The prompt is addressed with an average purpose and focus. The prompt is addressed with a minimal purpose and focus.
Use of Poetic Devices Piece exhibits an excellent use of poetic devices (i.e. allusion, symbolism, figurative language, jargon, phrasing, repetition and rhyme, etc.). Piece exhibits a good use of poetic devices (i.e. allusion, symbolism, figurative language, jargon, phrasing, repetition and rhyme, etc.). Piece exhibits an average use of poetic devices (i.e. allusion, symbolism, figurative language, jargon, phrasing, repetition and rhyme, etc.). Piece exhibits a minimal use of poetic devices (i.e. allusion, symbolism, figurative language, jargon, phrasing, repetition and rhyme, etc.).
Tone and Mood The piece has excellent tone and mood which are completely clear and consistent. The piece has good tone and mood which are completely clear and consistent. The piece has average tone and mood which are completely clear and consistent. The piece has minimal tone and mood which are completely clear and consistent.
Voice Piece is presented in an excellent distinctive voice and clear point of view. Piece is presented in a good distinctive voice and clear point of view. Piece is presented in an average distinctive voice and clear point of view. Piece is presented in a minimal distinctive voice and clear point of view.
Overall Effectiveness Excellent effectiveness and maintains the reader’s attention. Good effectiveness and maintains the reader’s attention. Average effectiveness and maintains the reader’s attention. Minimal effectiveness and maintains the reader’s attention.
Deductions This will be taken one time by the coordinator. Did not follow competition guidelines -10    

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