Creative Expression – Students write and perform their own 10-minute piece of original writing. The mood of the writing can be serious or humorous.
Drama and Prose Interpretation* – In these two categories, students choose a serious piece of literature and perform an 10-minute interpretation. [Video Example]
Poetry Interpretation – Students choose a single poem or series of poems linked by a similar theme and perform a 10-minute interpretation. [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. Performers are not allowed to touch one another or make direct eye contact. [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.
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.
Program Oral Interpretation* (NSDA Only) – Using selections from Prose, Poetry and Drama students create a ten minute performance around a central theme. 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. [Video Example]
Public Address Categories
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.
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.
* indicates that it is also a National Speech and Debate Association category.