About Speech



Creative Expression – Students write and perform their own 10-minute piece of original writing. The mood of the writing can be serious or humorous. [Video Example]

Drama, Poetry and Prose Interpretation* – In these three categories, students choose a serious piece of literature and perform an 10-minute interpretation. DRAMA/PROSE [Video Example] POETRY [Video Example]

Humorous Interpretation* – Students choose a humorous piece of literature and perform a 10-minute interpretation of it. Students are encouraged to play a variety of characters using voices and physicals. The selection may be taken from a story, poem, or play as long as it is humorous. [Video Example]

Duo Interpretation* – This category pairs two students together to perform an interpretation of a piece. The mood may be serious, humorous, or both. There is no limit to the amount of characters each student may play. [Video Example]

Extemporaneous Reading – Students read aloud various 7-minute selections from a book of either poetry or short stories, interpreting the reading in such a way as to add meaning and interest. Students will have a list of possible stories in advanced (No video available).

Storytelling – Students retell selected children’s stories in their own words, interpreting and performing various characters during the 7-minute retelling. Students are given a list of stories in advanced. [Video Example]

Original Oratory* – Students in this category research a topic of their choosing, and then write their own 10-minute speech on this topic. The intent of the speech is to persuade, and may contain elements of humor, but overall should be serious. [Video Example]

Informative* – Students research a topic of their choosing, and then write their own 10-minute speech on that topic. The intent of the speech is to inform and allows for the use of visual aids. [Video Example]

Great Speeches – Students choose to deliver a speech that was delivered by somebody else, and analyze what makes it great. The 10-minute speech will include parts of the speech interspersed with the students own analysis. [Video Example]

Extemporaneous Speaking* – Students build research files on current events, then deliver 7-minute speeches based on the questions related to national and international politics. At each tournament students will draw questions and have 30 minutes to formulate a response. [Video Example]

Discussion – Students build research files based on a particular subject and engage in a roundtable discussion with 5-7 other students (No video available).

* indicates that it is also a National Speech and Debate Association category.