Speech Events

  • Interpretive Events:

    Poetry and Prose Interpretation:

    UIL Circuit, NSDA Consolation Event

    Students perform a selection of literature from either poetry or prose.

    Poetry Categories:

    A: Examining Our Changing World (Informative)
            - Single or multiple poems by one or more poets
            - Examines societal change over time in relation to the performer's own life
     
    B: Taking A Stand (Persuasive)
            - Two different poems by two different poets
                    - Up to six poems total
            - The performance supports a specific position that is stated in the introduction

    Prose Categories:

    A: Examining Our Changing World (Informative)
            - Single work of prose written by one author
            - Examines societal change over time in relation to the performer's own life
     
    B: Taking A Stand (Persuasive)
            - Two different types of literature, but the majority must be prose
                    - No musicals, song lyrics, jokes, commercials, or novels written in verse
            - The performance supports a specific position that is stated in the introduction
     

     

    Humorous Interpretation

    NSDA and TFA Circuits

    Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. Humorous Interpretation is designed to test a student’s comedic skills through script analysis, delivery, timing, and character development. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author.

    Humorous Interpretation Example

     

    Dramatic Interpretation

    NSDA and TFA Circuits

    Using a play, short story, or other published work, students perform a selection of one or more portions of a piece up to ten minutes in length. With a spotlight on character development and depth, this event focuses on the student’s ability to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic text. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters. No props or costumes may be used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance, and state the title and the author.

    Dramatic Interpretation Example

     

    Duo Interpretation

    NSDA and TFA Circuits

    Two competitors team up to deliver a ten-minute performance of a published play or story. Using off-stage focus, competitors convey emotion and environment through a variety of performance techniques focusing on the relationships and interactions between the characters. No props or costumes are used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the students to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author.

    Duo Interpretation Example

     

    Program Oral Interpretation

    NSDA and TFA Circuits

    Using selections from Prose, Poetry and Drama students create a ten minute performance around a central theme. Program Oral Interpretation is designed to test a student’s ability to intersplice multiple types of literature into a single, cohesive performance. A manuscript is required and may be used as a prop within the performance if the performer maintains control of the manuscript at all times. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author of each selection.

    Program Oral Interpretation Example

     

  • Non-Interpretive Events:

    Extemporaneous Speaking

    UIL, NSDA, and TFA Circuits

    Extemporaneous speaking, colloquially known as extemp, is a limited-preparation speech event based on research and original analysis.

    Example Extemp Speech

     

    Original Oratory

    NSDA and TFA Circuits

    Students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals. Topics range widely, and can be informative or persuasive in nature. The speech is delivered from memory.

    Example Original Oratory

     

    Informative Speaking

    NSDA and TFA Circuits

    Students author and deliver a ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Competitors create the speech to educate the audience on a particular topic. All topics must be informative in nature; the goal is to educate, not to advocate. Visual aids are permitted, but not required. The speech is delivered from memory.

    Example Informative Speech

  • Debate Events:

    Policy (CX) Debate:

    UIL, NSDA, TFA Circuits

    Policy debate is a form of debate competition in which teams of two advocate for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government.

    2018-19 Topic (all circuits):

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.

    Topic Lecture by Authors Nicole and Andrew Cornish

    Generating Offense with Panel Judges

    Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate:

    UIL, NSDA, TFA Circuits

    Lincoln-Douglas debate is one person debating against another person and is primarily focused on competing values.
     
    UIL Spring Topic:
    To be announced
     
    NSDA/TFA September/October Topic:
    To be announced August 9

    Congressional Debate

    UIL, NSDA, TFA Circuits

    Congressional Debate is a mock legislative assembly competition where students draft bills (proposed laws) and resolutions (position statements), which they and their peers later debate and vote to pass into law.

    UIL Docket: Available Oct. 5

    NSDA Fall Docket: To be announced

    TFA Fall Docket