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2022-23 Topics #
Extemporaneous Speech #
This year’s questions focus on climate change.
- What routine/daily changes can individuals make to decrease their carbon footprint?
- What are communities already doing to find alternative, non-fossil fuel sources of electricity?
- How has climate change disproportionately impacted communities of color?
- Regarding climate change, how are farmers impacted, and how has farming contributed to it, and what adaptations have/can be made?
- What are three main effects of rising sea levels, and what are communities doing to prepare?
- How has climate change increased extreme weather events, wildfires, and floods?
- What transportation initiatives exist/have been proposed to address climate change?
- How are businesses impacted by climate change and/or solutions implemented to slow or stop its effects?
- What are youth doing, around the world, to advocate for climate action?
- How does climate change impact national security and sovereignty of ______? (Student may select a particular country).
- What can be done to help indigenous communities impacted by climate change?
- Is the energy loss in electric vehicles significantly efficient to justify the cost over traditional, gasoline engine-based vehicles?
Moments in History #
Choose one or both time periods:
- 1960s (1960-1969)
- 1250-1500 CE (AD)
Examples of areas students might consider: politics, military action, historic sites, monuments, natural disasters, ethnology, legends, folklore, science, inventions, medicine, arts, entertainment, geography, transportation, sports, religion, heroes, villains, personalities, significant speeches, fashion, and fads.
Special Occasion #
Choose one occasion:
- A conference/convention keynote address
- A proposal for an innovative community service project
- A tribute/dedication to a veteran/veteran memorial
- A protest speech
Category Descriptions #
Public Speaking #
Students write original speeches, and may use one 4″ x 6″ note card, where students are encouraged to outline or include speaking points, rather than word-for-word manuscripts (so they can engage better with audiences).
|Max. Time||Max. Time||Visuals||Description|
|Demonstration Speech||10 min.||1-2 speakers demonstrate how to do something or how something works.|
|Extemporaneous Speech||6 min.||30 minutes prior to speaking, the contestant will select a question from which to phrase a direct and clear answer and support it with evidence and reasoning.|
|Informative Speech||4 min.||Present a speech with a narrow enough topic to be developed adequately in the time provided to share knowledge, educate and/or raise awareness.|
|Moments in History||6 min.||Explore an historical topic within prescribed topics, using such sources as archival records, diaries, personal interviews, letters, newspapers, etc.|
|News Reporting||10 min.||1-3 students develop a newscast surrounding current events, suitable for TV or radio, reading from a manuscript.|
|Persuasive Speech||8 min.||Persuade with compelling language by offering a solution to a problem; to take action in response to a situation; or potentially reinforce and strengthen attitudes.|
|Special Occasion||4 min.||Responding to a prescribed topic area, deliver a speech appropriate to a specific occasion and its probable audience by entertaining, persuading, or informing.|
Performance of Literature #
Contestants interpret literature to convey the human existence, exploring psychology of characters, to mine the artistry of language, and/or cultivate arguments surrounding themes/issues. Key: Book = performed from manuscript; Brain = memorized.
|Non-Original Oratory||8 min.||/||Speech||The contestant presents a speech originally delivered by someone else.|
|Play Acting||10 min.||Single play (dramatic literature)||2-7 performers act a scene or cutting from a single play with emphasis on character development, ensemble, and appropriate physical movement.|
|Poetry Reading||8 min.||Poetry, verse, song lyrics||One or more poems center on a theme or emotion; delivery mines the artistry of language.|
|Prose Reading||8 min.||Short stories, cuttings from novels, drama, essays, nonfiction||One or more works of prose -- including short stories, cutting from novels, drama, essays, or other non-fiction work -- center on a specific theme or emotion.|
|Readers Theatre||10 min.||Any genre||2-7 readers compile and present a script with symbolic interpretation such that the audience imagines action being described rather than witnessing it being performed.|
|Solo Acting||8 min.||Any genre||The contestant convincingly acts characterization(s) to transport the audience to the world of the material peformed.|
|Storytelling||8 min.||/||Any genre; most often, narrative prose||Chronicle and perform events in a coherent, unified, clear, and interesting manner, while seated and conveying a sense of audience for one of the prescribed topic areas.|