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Elementary Poetry Contest

Elementary Poetry Contest

ITBE's 14th Annual Elementary Poetry Contest 2017 - 2018

Entries must be postmarked or emailed by Monday, February 26, 2018

Elementary Poetry Contest Awards for Students:

First place winners will receive a $30 monetary gift and a poetry book chosen by ITBE board members.

Second Place winners will receive a $20 monetary gift and a poetry book chosen by ITBE board members.

Sponsoring teachers of the award winners will receive a free membership to ITBE for one year.


winning sponsors will receive a check from ITBE for $25.00.  

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Tate Woods Elementary School, 1736 Middleton Av. Lisle Illinois 60535.  Refreshments and cookies will be served for those attending the awards ceremony.  

Winning sponsoring teachers, winning students, and family members are welcome to attend the award ceremony.  Time of the event is at 5:00 P.M.

Click here to see some of the winning entries from 2017 contest!

Who can submit entries? Who can enter the contest?

  1. The contest is open to any teacher that works in the state of Illinois.  The sponsoring teacher does NOT need to be a member of ITBE.

  2. As in previous years the student must be receiving ELL or bilingual services during the 2017-2018 school year.  The sponsoring teacher is the person who provides the child’s services.

  3. Teachers will be given a rubric, score sheet, &, for some poems, worksheets.

  4. Teachers will be expected to pick their top 5 poems for each genre of poetry.

  5. If a teacher teaches more than one grade then he/she can submit poems for each grade she teaches.  (For example, Mrs. Gigous teaches 2nd & 3rd graders.  She can submit 10 Acrostic poems (5 for 2nd grade & 5 poems for 3rd grade.  Mrs. Gigous may also submit 10 Bio poems, 10 Diamante poems, 10 Haiku poems, & 10 open poems.)


Do you need a worksheet to get started with your students?  

Here you will find the worksheets for the Diamante & Bio Poems.  You will also find the rubrics & scoring sheets for all of the poems.

 Worksheets, Rubrics, & Scoring Sheets

Acrostic Poem

Acrostic Rubric & Scoring Sheet

Bio Poem

Bio Poem Worksheet & Rubric

Bio Poem Scoring Sheet

Diamante Poem:

Diamante Worksheet

Diamante Rubric

Diamante Scoring Sheet

Haiku Poem:

Haiku Rubric & Scoring Sheet

Open Poem:

Open Poem Rubric

WIDA 2013 Performance Definitions

Cover Sheet & Guidelines

Cover Sheet for the Contest

Guidelines for the Contest