Poetry Contest

American Association of Teachers of French
Nassau County Chapter
ANNOUNCES

NEW DATE & FORMAT

FOR THE ANNUAL FRENCH POETRY COMPETITION

COUNTY FINALS

to be held at

Hofstra University – Student Center 

Multipurpose Room

Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549


Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 

3:30pm-6pm

Dear Colleagues:

Some of you were with us at the May event at the Portledge School, where we announced that we would henceforward hold the Poetry Contest during the fall semester!

Please note: we have changed the venue, to accommodate participants throughout Nassau and are also altering the format, in order to encourage as many French students as possible to enjoy this experience, and to streamline and enliven the countywide event.

We will STILL have two categories –Original Poetry and Recitation of Famous Poetry. Please note the following procedural changes:

Teachers are expected to hold elimination rounds in both categories at their own schools and then to select their top performers and writers to participate in the countywide contest. We suggest incorporating this event into the AATF’s National French Week in November. However, you have total freedom in determining the dates and the set-up of your in-school competitions, as long as you are able to submit your list of participants by Friday, November, 17th 2017.

*Per request by participating teachers, we will judge the Original Poetry submissions off site prior to the Countywide Contest. These poems must therefore be submitted by November 17th along with the entry forms. In addition, note that teachers who submit original poetry may be asked to judge the Original Contest for levels they do not teach.


ORIGINAL POETRY CONTEST:

Please note the following changes:
  1. Each teacher may submit no more than 3 poems per level for the Countywide Finals Competition on December 6th. (Once again, certificates will be made available for all students participating either on site or at their home school so that you can encourage participation by all.)
  2. All entries submitted for judging must have been checked by the teacher for appropriate spelling, grammar usage, and without evidence of use of Google or other translating devices. Students should be encouraged to write poetry in language and grammar they have experienced only at the level they are currently studying and to avoid using translating devices.
  3. Teachers are OBLIGED to correct spelling and grammar. They should be judicious about providing a limited amount of help with advanced vocabulary or grammatical structures, without over-editing. (Please refer to the scoring rubric, below.)
        Ce qui se conçoit bien s'énonce clairement 
        Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément.
                                                          --- Boileau

In the
Original Poetry category, students may participate at the following levels:

Beginner A:  Grades 6 & 7 (Level 1)

Beginner B:  Grades 8 & 9 (2nd half of Level 1 or Full Level 1, as a one-year course)

Intermediate: Grades 9-10 (French 2 or French 3, “FLACS” course)

Advanced:  Grades 11, 12, College, or native speakers (any post-“FLACS” course)


Send your students’ original work by or before the deadline for submissions on November 17th. All original poetry submissions 

must be typed and double-spaced, unless the layout of the piece creates a special design. Please label original works as follows:

 1.  The page with the poem should include ONLY the poem’s title (not the writer’s name) and to which level of competition it belongs.

2.  On the reverse side, please label with the student’s name.

3.  Attach the poem to the correctly completed ENTRY FORM (below).

 

RECITATION CONTEST:

LEVELS 1A 3:              Teachers may enter no more than 3 students per level. 

LEVELS 4 – 5 or above: Teachers may enter only 2 students per level.


For the Recitation of famous poetry category, there will be the following levels:

Level 1A:  Grades 6 & 7 (beginners)

Level 1B:  Grade 8 (following 1-2 years of intro. level)

Level 1C:  Grade 9 (taking French for the first time; may choose a Level IA or IB poem!)

Level 2:  Pre-“FLACS” year

Level 3:  “FLACS” year

Level 4:  All post-FLACS students in Levels 4, 5, College & native speakers.

 

Please choose a famous poem from our published list, accessible online at AATF-Nassau’s SITE. You may also choose a poem on your own, as long as it is approved by one of the coordinators. It will then be added to the published list.

 

RECITATION GUIDELINES:

Students must memorize the poem completely, perfect their accent and intonation, and be prepared to give a poised interpretation that demonstrates understanding. Please see the sample rubric for criteria for judging each performance. Overacting and overuse of physical gestures are discouraged. No props are allowed as enhancements to any presentations.

 

COPIES OF CHOSEN POEMS TO GIVE JUDGES AT THE CONTEST:

Participants must bring two copies of their poems to hand to the judges on the day of the contest. We must also have a properly completed ENTRY FORM for each student on the day of the contest.

 

Please be sure that your students in the same level each prepare a different poem.

 

GENERAL PROCEDURES

 

LENGTH OF POEMS: For BOTH categories, the length of poems to be recited should adhere to this guideline:  no longer than approximately

 

100 words for grades 6, 7, 8, and grade 9 beginners (1 minute, maximum) 

150 words for pre-FLACS exam level (2 minutes, maximum)

200 words for FLACS Exam level, advanced and native speakers (3 minutes, maximum)


Please excerpt from selections so as to comply with the word and time limits per level.

 

DEADLINE: Please email us the number of students who you will bring to compete, per grade, per category by November 17, 2017. (Please note that attendance is not required for authors of original poems, although they are welcome to attend.) We need your lists to do room arrangements and order food and beverages for the collation preceding the “Distribution des Prix”.


*FEES: This year, in order to encourage non-members to join this worthy organization, we are offering a $5.00 flat rate fee for AATF-Nassau members and non-members alike. (This one fee will cover both categories, if the student wishes to enter both.) Please remit one check covering all your students, payable to AATF-Nassau Chapter, on the day of the contest. For non-members of AATF who wish to join, the money paid for entries to this contest will be applied to your chapter fee.


PARTICIPATION BY FACULTY:

We greatly appreciate the work you do with your students to prepare for this contest. We hope that the new format will allow you to recruit even more participants and generate enthusiasm for French within your home school! Please encourage your colleagues and students at all levels to join in the fun!

 

On the day of the countywide finals contest we expect that you will be willing to judge/help out!

 Sincerely,

Elizabeth Atkins                                 Dorothy Kleinman                                                                                                                                                                       

eatkins@portledge.org                                     dkleinman@portledge.org

 

The ENTRY FORM & the JUDGING RUBRICS for each contest (which you are encouraged to use in your “in-house” contests) can be found on the subsequent pages of this document.

 

THE COUNTYWIDE CONTEST WILL BE HELD ON Wednesday, December 6th in the MULTIPURPOSE ROOM & attending areas of HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY’S STUDENT CENTER

 

Directions to Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center

1.  Travel on the Long Island Expressway to Exit 38; then onto the Northern State Parkway to exit 31A; then south on the   

      Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit M4; and then west on Hempstead Tpke (Route 24)

OR

       Travel on the Southern State Parkway to Exit 22; then north on the Meadowbrook Parkway to Exit M4; and then west on Hempstead Tpke (Route 24)

THEN


  • Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4 West (Hempstead Turnpike). Hofstra is less than a mile to the west. At the third traffic light from the Meadowbrook, turn right onto North Campus. At second STOP sign, bear left and park. Walk into the Mack Student Center (building with bell tower).


COMING FROM THE WEST ON HEMPSTEAD TURNPIKE

  • Travel through the village of Hempstead on Hempstead Tpke. Go under the second Unispan (walk-over). At the next light, make a left onto Hofstra's North Campus. At second STOP sign, bear left and park. Walk into the Mack Student Center (building with bell tower).


AATF French Poetry Contest, December 6, 2017: FAMOUS POETRY

Contestant’s Name:                                                    Poem:                                                          

 

School:                                                                     Level:                                                          

Memorization

     1              2                    3                   4                        5                            

 Pronunciation/Intonation/Coupe syllabique 

 

1

2

3

4

5


Timing/Pacing

 

 

 

 

 


 

1

2

3

4

5

              

 Poise/Posture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

           

Overall Interpretation

1

2

3

4

5



                                  TOTAL SCORE                               

NOTE: 0.5 may be used in your calculations

 

 

PLEASE deduct points for over-acting or over-gesticulating.


AATF French Poetry Contest, December 6, 2017: ORIGINAL POETRY

Contestant’s Name:                                                    Poem:                                                          

 

School:                                                                     Level:                                                          


Appropriate content for level:

1                   2                     3                      4                      5                        

 Spelling and Grammar:

1                   2                     3                      4                      5                        

 Creativity/Originality:

1                   2                     3                      4                      5                         

Communication of a theme, idea, or feeling:

1                   2                     3                      4                      5                        

 

Use of poetic structures:

SOUNDS: (assonance, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia, etc.)

1                   2                     3                      4                      5                         

Effective use of RHYTHMIC structures: (versification, syllabification, etc., whether fixed or blank verse)

1                   2                     3                      4                      5                        

 IMAGERY & RHETORIC: (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, anaphora, synecdoche, etc.) 

                                           2                     3                     4                       5                             


TOTAL SCORE                              

 

NOTE: 0.5 may be used in your calculations



ENTRY FORM FOR AATF-NASSAU COUNTY POETRY CONTEST

This entry form is for (circle one): ORIGINAL    or     RECITATION

If a student wishes both contests, please submit 2 separate entry forms. Merci!

 

STUDENT’S NAME:                                                                        

 

CONTEST LEVEL:                                                                          

 

TITLE OF POEM:                                                                            

 

SCHOOL:                                                                                           

 

TEACHER:                                                                                         

 

TEACHER’S EMAIL:                                                                       

 

GRADE LEVEL:                                                                              

 

FRENCH CLASS:                                                                             

 

NATIVE SPEAKER*:                                                                         

Please indicate if the child has exposure to French at home. Or leave blank!

 

*If there are sufficient numbers of native-speaker participants, they will be judged in separate categories as “Débutants” (grades 6-8 “Proficiency”); “Moyens” (grades 9-10 “FLACS”), or “Experts” (grades 11 and above). Otherwise, if a native speaker earns a prize, he or she will be “tied” with a non-native for that prize.

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Oct 5, 2017, 4:09 PM
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