Oral Interpretation of Literature

A student presents both a poetry or prose selection of their choice.

  1. Students have 10 minutes (30 second grace period).
  2. An introduction is memorized and not lasting more than 60 seconds.
  3. POETRY ROUND—The student has chosen one or several poems all united by a connecting theme; he/she will be reading from a script with an emphasis on interpreting the meaning of each piece.
  4. PROSE ROUND—The student has chosen a short story or cutting from prose writing; he/she will be reading from a script with an emphasis on character development and climax in the selection.
  5. The student should maintain a balance of eye contact between the script and the audience.
Message from the League Director

Thanks to everyone for a great 2020-2021 tournament season!  We did a great job meeting the challenge of conducting tournaments online. Congratulations to those who qualified for the Metro Championship, and we look forward to seeing all of you (virtually) at the Championship tournament and  at Nationals.