Castlebay Lane Speech and Debate Club
Castlebay Lane Speech & Debate Club
Poetry Interpretation: A performance of poetry of literary merit, which may be drawn from more than one source. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of language. This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc., are to be used. Play cuttings and prose works are prohibited. Use of manuscript is required. (This means that while memorization helps for the performance, it is not required as the student is required to have the content with him/her and “read” from it. Your selection may be one long poem or a collection of shorter poems). Maximum time limit for elementary competitions is 5 minutes including introduction.
The best way to select poetry pieces is to visit your local library or look through works that you like and are familiar with. Here are some online resources to explore:
Declamation: A memorized performance of a speech, not written by the contestant. The speech must have been delivered in public. The speaker should present an introduction that states the title, author, and date of the speech they are reciting. This is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc., are to be used. Maximum time is 5 minutes for elementary school.
Here are some online resources to find interesting topics for your declamation piece. Needless to say, every publicly delivered speech will be way over 5 minutes in length. Don’t worry about that. We will work on cutting our speeches over the coming weeks.
Storytelling: A memorized performance of a single published, printed story, anecdote, tale, myth, or legend. The story may be delivered standing or seated, thus one chair is permitted, however, this is not an acting event; thus, no costumes, props, lighting, etc., are to be used. Maximum time is 5 minutes including introduction.
Storytelling pieces can literally be from any fictional story book and from any reading level. Generally speaking, however, you should look for a story that can be cut down to a 5 minute version or a 5 minute excerpt and still make sense to the audience. It can have a single narrator or any number of characters (if you’re feeling ambitious, go all out and do voices). The only advice to consider when picking a storytelling piece is to find a story that the student enjoys and can have fun with.