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A+ Modern Oratory

Grades 6-8; Topics are new each school year and are posted on this page.

In Modern Oratory, the sixth, seventh and eighth grade contestants will select one of the topics, determine the critical issues in the topic, and acknowledge both pro and con points citing support discovered in their research. Students will choose a side they will defend and support that side with additional evidence. Along with the skills of analysis, research, note-taking, documentation, evaluation and decision-making come those of delivery and the skill of memorization.

2017-2018 Modern Oratory Topics

Contestants must select one of the following topics for developing the oration.

  1. Can the healthcare industry do more to combat the opioid crisis in the US?
  2. Does social media make citizens better informed?
  3. Should government do more to address economic inequality in the US?
  4. Is the United Nations effective in combating world hunger?
  5. Does school choice lead to better public schools overall?

Students will deliver a three to six minute speech without the use of notes on their topic. In the process of preparing for the contest, the student will need to:

  1. define the problem;
  2. determine the pro and con issues;
  3. research the issue;
  4. look at both sides of an issue;
  5. reach a conclusion; and
  6. support that conclusion with documentation.

To achieve and maintain the educational goals of the contest activity, the teacher and/or parent may guide the development of the research and writing of the speech, but shall not be permitted to write the speech for the student.

 

Click here to download the Modern Oratory Evaluation Sheet

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