Penn Speech & Debate

EVENTS 

 PERSUASION:

A speech to convince, to move to action, or to inspire on a significant issue, delivered from memory. Maximum time is 10 minutes.

EXTEMPORANEOUS:

For each round, contestants will select one of three topics on current national and international events. The contestant will have thirty minutes to prepare a five to seven minute speech on the topic selected. Notes are permissible but should be at a minimum. Maximum 7 minutes.

IMPROMPTU:

Contestants will receive short excerpts dealing with items of general interest, political, economic, and social issues. The contestant will have a total of seven minutes to divide between preparation and speaking. Students should speak for at least three minutes. All contestants in the same section shall speak on the same topic. Maximum 7 minutes.

INFORMATIVE:

The contestant will deliver an original factual speech on a realistic subject to fulfill a general information need of the audience. Visual aids that supplement/reinforce the message are permitted. The speech must be delivered from memory. Maximum 10 minutes.

AFTER DINNER:

Each contestant will present an original speech whose purpose is to make a serious point through the use of humor. The speech should reflect the development of a humorous comedic effort, not a stand up comedy routine. The speech must be memorized. Maximum 10 minutes.

COMMUNICATION ANALYSIS/RHETORICAL CRITICISM:

Each contestant will present an original speech whose purpose is to analyze a specific communication event through the lens of some communication theory. Visual aids that supplement / reinforce the message are permitted. The speech must be delivered from memory. Maximum 10 minutes.  

PROSE:

The contestant will present a program of prose literature. Original introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Plays are not permitted. Manuscripts are required. Maximum 10 minutes.

POETRY:

The contestant will present a program of poetic literature. Original introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. Maximum 10 minutes.

PROGRAM ORAL INTERPRETATION:

The contestant will present a mixed program of literature. Original introductory comments and transitional remarks are permitted. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. Maximum 10 minutes. 

DRAMATIC DUO:

A cutting from a play, humorous or serious, involving the portrayal of two or more characters presented by two individuals. This is not an acting event. Thus, costumes, props, etc. are not permitted. Presentation must be from manuscript and focus should be off stage. Maximum 10 minutes. 

DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION:

The contestant will perform dramatic literature, humorous or serious, that represents one or more characters from material of literary merit. This material may be drawn from stage, screen, or radio. Programs may consist of single or multiple selections. Manuscripts are required. Maximum 10 minutes.

LINCOLN DOUGLAS DEBATE:

NFA Lincoln-Douglas Debate is a one-person, persuasive, policy debate on traditional stock issues. It is a communication event, by which we mean the philosophy of the activity is consistent with that which governs other individual events. Competitors in NFA Lincoln-Douglas will be evaluated on their analysis, use of evidence, and ability to effectively and persuasively organize, deliver, and refute arguments. 

PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE:

Public Forum Debate is a two-person, persuasive, debate on issues related to public concern.  It is a communication event, by which we mean the philosophy of the activity is consistent with that which governs other individual events. Competitors in Public Forum Debate will be evaluated on their analysis, use of evidence, and ability to effectively and persuasively organize, deliver, and refute arguments. 

PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE: 

 Parliamentary Debate is a two-person, persuasive and impromptu, debate on issues related to public concern.  It is a communication event, by which we mean the philosophy of the activity is consistent with that which governs other individual events. Competitors in Parliamentary Debate will be evaluated on their analysis, use of evidence, and ability to effectively and persuasively organize, deliver, and refute arguments.