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Individual Events in forensic meets. (IE). Original Oratory. You will deliver a speech on a topic of your own choosing that you have prepared and memorized. Must be delivered without notes or visual aids Can contain no more than 150 words quoted from other sources.

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original oratory
Original Oratory
  • You will deliver a speech on a topic of your own choosing that you have prepared and memorized.
  • Must be delivered without notes or visual aids
  • Can contain no more than 150 words quoted from other sources.
  • Generally these speeches are 8-10 minutes in length
  • May be Informative (the speaker tells the audience about something they may not already know)
  • Or Persuasive (the speaker intends to sway the audience to their opinions on a subject)
extemporaneous speaking
Extemporaneous Speaking
  • At the beginning of any round of extemp, competitors are usually given 3 questions relating to current events, and asked to choose one to prepare a speech on. The competitors have a preparation period, usually referred to as "prep time", during which they use periodicals they brought to the tournament to prepare the speech.
  • The speeches are usually 4 to 7 minutes in length.
  • They may be on any topic
  • They fall into to categories:
    • Foreign-Subjects concerning the current word outside of the US
    • Domestic- Subjects concerning the US.
impromptu speaking
Impromptu Speaking
  • You will be given a short idea, one word or phrase. You will then compose a speech on the prompt.
  • Prep time is usually short 15 seconds to 5 min.
  • Speeches are usually 4-7 minutes long.
interpretation
Interpretation
  • In each of the events, you will be asked to perform a scene in which you play all of the parts, focusing on portraying them realistically
  • These are often referred to as the “Acting Events”
  • These are categorized into 3 categories:
    • Humorous-The subject matter is humorous in nature
    • Dramatic - The subject matter is serious in nature
    • DUO – Two contestants act out a single scene together without touching or looking at one another.
oral declamation
Oral Declamation
  • You will read someone else’s speech aloud in fine rhetorical form.
  • The material is not your own, it is originally published by someone else.
  • This is not an acting event. Do NOT imitate the original speaker!
  • You will carry the script of the speech in a black binder while it is being delivered.
  • Maximum time is 5 minutes.
event abbreviations
Event Abbreviations
  • Original Oratory (persuasive) - OO or just “Oratory”
  • Original Oratory (Expository) - Expos
  • Foreign/Domestic Extemporaneous speaking - Extemp
  • Impromptu Speaking - Impromptu
  • Humorous Interpretation - HI
  • Dramatic Interpretation - DI
  • Duo Interpretation - DUO
  • Oral Declamation – OD or Oral Dec
  • Time given to prepare - Prep Time
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