Forensics Team Events
This is an individual category in which the selections are dramatic in nature. Selections shall be cuttings from published-printed novels, short stories, plays, poetry, or any other printed-published materials. Presentations must be memorized, without props or costumes. The time limit is 10 minutes which includes an introduction.
This is an individual category in which the selections are humorous in nature. All other rules are the same as Dramatic Interpretation.
This is a two-person category in which the selection may be either humorous or dramatic in nature. All other rules are the same as Dramatic Interpretation.
This is an individual category in which a student draws a topic and has two minutes to prepare a speech and then must deliver a speech (without notes) that lasts no more than five minutes. Speech topics range from a single word or phrase, the name of a person, a noun, a well-known saying or quotation, a current event, or an object (such as a fortune from a fortune cookie, a piece of candy, a coin, etc.)
Extemporaneous Speaking (United States and International)
A contestant draws three questions, selects one, then has 30 minutes to prepare a speech in response. The contestant utilizes files of published materials (books, magazines, newspapers, online sources) s/he has compiled as a resource for answering the question. At the completion of the 30 minute preparation period, the student speaks on the topic for up to 7 minutes without the use of notes. The NFL divides extemp. into two separate events: United States (dealing with domestic issues), and International (issues beyond US borders).
This is an individual category in which a student competes in both areas. Poetry is writing which expresses ideas, experience, or emotion through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, rhythm, and meaning. Poetry may rely on verse and stanza form. Prose expresses thought through language recorded in sentences and paragraphs: fiction (short stories, novels) and non-fiction (articles, essays, journals, biographies).
In Original Oratory, a competitor prepares a speech on a topic of his or her choosing, and can be informative or persuasive in nature. The purpose of Oratory is to inspire belief or reinforce conviction. On the high school level, the speech must be delivered without the use of visual aids or notes. The number of directly quoted words from other sources in the speech is limited to 150 words. There is a ten minute time limit for this event.