- Oral Interpretation of Poetry and Prose –
Reading with a script from poetry, short stories or novels.
- Dramatic and Humorous Interpretation –
Memorized presentation of literature.
- Duo Interpretation – Two interpers memorize
and perform a selection playing two or more characters.
- Extemporaneous and Commentary – Current
events questions and topics. Thirty minutes to prepare. Select
three topics, pick one.
- Oratory/Informative/Persuasive – Write and
memorize your own speech.
- Declamation (9th and 10th
grade only) – Memorize and present a speech written by another.
- Lincoln-Douglas Debate -- One-on-one
debate on value topics. Topic changes every 2 months
- Sample topic: Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system,
truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege.
- Policy Debate – Two on two
debate. Topic remains the same throughout the year. Real world policy analysis research.
topic: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase
its economic engagement toward Cuba,
Mexico or Venezuela.
- Public Forum Debate – Two on two debate. Topics
change monthly. Classroom
or television format for debate. Audience is “the common person."
PF Resolution: Resolved: Immigration reform should
include a path to citizenship for undocumented
immigrants currently living in the United States.
Debate -- PHSSL Only - Three on three debate on policy topics
- Sample topic: Resolved: That this house believes that
people sentenced to life imprisonment should be allowed
to choose the death penalty instead.
- Congress – Students take the place of
representatives in Congress to propose and debate legislation
Forensics Benefit Students?
(Resourced from James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA)
offers students an opportunity to develop research, critical
thinking, organization, persuasion, and oral communication skills.
appeals to students with different goals and interests. It provides
useful career preparation in law, education, politics, broadcasting,
religion, public affairs, business, and other professions requiring
critical thinking and communication skills.
enables students to clarify their personal and social values
through confrontation with the value judgments of others.
learn respect for dissenting opinions and acquire knowledge and skills
crucial to effective participation in a democratic society.
provides students with an opportunity to develop social skills,
including teamwork. Students develop realistic attitudes toward
competition through competing responsibly and effectively in an