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Speech Festival

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Upon evaluating the activities of our Learning Centers that participate in the Speakers League Club, it was decided that the 2020 Springs Speech Festival will be an event for students designed to mirror the protocol and principles of that program. Students Grades 4th-12th will be given the opportunity to recite, write, and give and evaluate speeches. Students will build their confidence, develop presentation skills and learn more about critical thinking in this process. Please review the rules and guidelines prior to festival preparation. Inappropriate selections will disqualify the student(s) from participating. STUDENTS MAY ONLY PARTICIPATE IN ONE EVENT.

Timing for all events: 

Minimum time – 2 minutes and Maximum time – 3 minutes

The four categories of competition are:

  • Poetry/Monologue Description – Students will choose a poem of 20 lines or more or a 2-3 minute monologue, memorize the selection, and recite the poem or monologue from memory.  If a poem is selected, a brief biography of 4-6 sentences about the poet should accompany the poem. Speakers should have good eye contact, good volume, interesting vocal variety, and be able to answer questions about the selection if asked. Poetry/Monologue Rubric
  • Meaningful Personal Object Speech Description – Students will choose a meaningful personal object (no live animals please) and write and deliver a speech to describe the object, tell where they got the object, and why it is meaningful to them.  Speakers should introduce themselves, show the object, and give a conclusion to the speech. Meaningful Personal Object Speech Outline Meaningful Personal Object Speech Rubric
  • Depth of Knowledge Speech Information – Students will present speech on a researched topic of your choice following the MLA outline format given in a way that incorporates significant eye contact, natural gestures, interesting vocal variety, effective visual aids, and clear organization of your topic. Depth of Knowledge Speech Outline & Depth of Knowledge Rubric

Date: March 5, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. Check-in

Address: Magnolia Student Center: 4020 Jefferson St, Riverside, CA 92504.

Questions? Please email Jen Wiersma at

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