Publish a Poem Project 2017

Monaghan Education Centre is pleased to announce details of this year’s literacy project:

Publish a Poem 2017. This will follow similar lines to previous projects, with participating teachers marking work from other schools, and culminating in a presentation evening in May/June 2017.

Publish a Poem is a literacy project, encouraging children and teachers to develop the process writing approach in their classes.  It also involves taking a critical look at different forms of poetry and self-expression.  It is age-appropriate for pupils from Junior Infants to 6th Class, accounting for all ability levels.

Features of the project include:

  • Reading and responding to a range of poetic forms: acrostic, rhyming, cinquains, haiku etc.
  • Planning, drafting, editing, writing a poem on a topic of choice focusing on theme and form.
  • Each child will receive a certificate acknowledging his/her achievement in producing a poem. At least one child from every class participating will be awarded a Merit Award at a special Presentation Evening.  Three/four children from each class (depending on class size) will have their work highly commended.
  • Merit Awards will be presented to one child in every 10 who attend Learning Support or Resource lessons.
  • The teacher undertaking Publish a Poem with his/her class will work on the project as part of the class’ English and Art programmes during this period. Work previously covered in class may be incorporated into the poem, for example, a previously written story may be further developed, edited and written reinterpreted as a poem. Poems may be in English or completely as gaeilge.
  • The teacher will certify that each child’s work is his/her own.
  • At the end of the project each teacher will accept one batch of poems from another school. After reading them, the teacher will award one merit and three highly commended awards to poems they have read. If a batch of mixed poetic forms are submitted, it is advised that a range of styles are awarded winners if they are deserving
  • Poems should be entirely the children’s own work.  Neat handwriting is encouraged.  Publish a Poem does not encourage use of technology, however in some circumstances technology may be necessary.  If modern technology is used, the class teacher must assure the coordinator that this is the child’s own work.
  • Fee of €20 per teacher – maximum €60 per school, payable with registration.

For Consideration:

“Winning” poems (Merit) should be of the best quality within the age-group being judged, with an emphasis on interesting storyline, emotions, style, character and location descriptions, and interesting viewpoints.

All teachers should make their pupils aware of this prior to, and during the writing process, as attention to these points will be assessed during the marking process.

At the Presentation Evening, there will be special awards to overall winners in the following categories for:
Infants – 1st Class
3rd Class- 4th Class
5th – 6th Class

  • Best Acrostic poem
  • Best Haiku
  • Best Cinquain
  • Best Limerick
  • Best Ode
  • Best poem as gaeilge
  • Best Non-fiction poem
  • Best Free Verse (non-rhyming)

If you wish to register you class/school for participation, please complete and return the attached SCHOOL REGISTRATION FORM together with the fee on or before Tuesday January 31st.

January 31st 2017Register intent to participate in the project
March 14th 2017Poem swap day at Monaghan Education Centre 3:30 - 4:30pm
April 4th / 5th 2017All Poem to be returned to Monaghan Education Centre, clearly marked as Merit / Highly Commended / Special Award Congratulations for participation before 5:00pm
May / June 2017Presentation Evening

Project Co-ordinator:
Wendy Flood
087 947 1458