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Elementary Poetry Contest


Grades 2-5 Poetry Contest

ITBE's 15th Annual Elementary Poetry Contest

2018 - 2019

The ITBE Poetry Contest is a platform for English Language Learners to share their voice. Through poetry, elementary students are exposed to literary elements in a meaningful and creative way. You can use poetry across the curriculum as an assessment that demonstrates what a student knows about a topic. Below you can find the worksheets, rubrics and scoring sheets that you can use to support your students in writing and submitting their poetry.

Starting now, let your students and families know about this opportunity, the rules and deadlines. At ITBE we can’t wait to read all the wonderful poems that this 2019 will bring!



Entries must be postmarked by Monday, January 7, 2019


Please send all entries to:

Angie Remigio

1736 Middleton Ave, Lisle, IL 60532

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 nd a poetry book chosen by ITBE board members.

Sponsoring teachers of the award winners will receivea 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, February 22, 2019 at the convention.  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 will be determined.

Click here to see some of the winning entries from 2018 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 2018-2019 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. Remigio’s teaches 2nd & 3rd graders. She can submit 10 Acrostic poems (5 for 2nd grade & 5 poems for 3rd grade. Mrs. Remigio 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 For all Poem 

Click Here

WIDA 2013 Performance Definitions to Be Used with Open Poem

Cover Sheet & Guidelines

Cover Sheet for the Contest

Guidelines for the Contest