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Literary Interpretation

Dual Interpretation* : This is a team event. The students perform a scene from a published, printed novel, short story, play or narrative poetry. It may be humorous or serious. It is memorized with an extemporaneous introduction. Time 10 minutes with no grace.

Prose Interpretation : This is an individual interpretation event. The material may be humorous or serious in nature. It must be read from a manuscript. Limited appropriate gestures and movement. Materials are from published, printed short stories, novels or essays. Time is 8 minutes with a 30 second grace.

Memorized Serious* : This is an individual interpretation event. The speaker is to perform a scene from a published, printed novel, short story, play or narrative poetry. Material should be serious in nature. It is memorized with an extemporaneous introduction. Time 10 minutes with no grace.

Memorized Humorous* : This is an individual interpretation event. The speaker is to perform a scene from a published, printed novel, short story, play or narrative poetry. Material should be humorous in nature. It is memorized with an extemporaneous introduction. Time 10 minutes with no grace.

Poetry Reading : This is an individual interpretation event. The speaker is to choose poems which are related to and organized around a central theme. No fewer than three poems or cuttings from poems are to be used, and the poems must be longer than 8 lines. It must be read from a manuscript. Limited appropriate gestures and movement. Time is 8 minutes with a 30 second grace.

Program Oral Interpretation* : Using a combination of Prose, Poetry and Drama, students construct a program up to ten minutes in length. With a spotlight on argumentation and performative range, POI focuses on a student’s ability to combine multiple genres of literature centered around a single theme. Competitors are expected to portray multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used except for the manuscript. Performances also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the titles and authors used in the program.

Original Presentations

After Dinner Speaking : This is a speech to entertain with an undertone of seriousness. Humor should be in good taste. Time six minutes with a 30 second grace. A manuscript with bibliography must be available on demand.

Informative : This is a speech to inform. Students are to give information about a topic. No more than 100 quoted words are allowed. Visual aides are allowed. The speech is written out and memorized. Deliver is to be polished and professional. A manuscript with bibliography must be available on demand. Length of the speech is 10 minutes with a 30 second grace.

Extemporaneous Speaking* : This speech answers a question concerning current events. The speaker draws three topics, chooses one. The speaker then has ½ hour to research, write, and learn the speech. The speaker may use books or magazines while preparing the speech. No notes are allowed during delivery. Speech length is 7 minutes with a 30 second grace.

Impromptu Speaking : The speaker draws three topics, chooses one. The topics are philosophical in nature. The speaker begins the presentation immediately. The speech length is 5 minutes with a 30 second grace. Speakers may not listen to the speakers before them.

Oratory* : This is a speech to persuade. The topic should be significant. No more than 150 quoted words are allowed. The speech is written out and memorized. Deliver is to be polished and professional. A manuscript with bibliography must be available on demand. Length of the speech is 10 minutes with no grace.

Radio Commentary : This is a speech giving a news commentary on current events of the current school year. The speaker may use no more than 75 quoted words. The speech is between 4:45 and 5:15 minutes. The speaker reads the speech, usually with the speaker’s back to the judge.

Debate

Public Forum Debate* : Team debate on the nationally selected topic. Requires extensive research and depth of knowledge on the current topic. The format is to simulate a television-style debate.

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate* : This is an individual debate event. The speakers establish the philosophical basis for future policy makers.

Parliamentary Debate : A team event. The topics vary from round to round and can be symbolic, philosophical, or policy issues. The team draws a topic and has 15 minutes to prepare a case to debate.

Congressional Debate* : This is an individual debate event. Students role play a congress, proposing, debating, and voting on student-crafted legislation.

(*These events are National Forensics League National Tournament Events also.)

 

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