Modern Oratory 2017-2018

2017-2018 Modern Oratory Topics.

TO BE ANNOUNCED

  1. Contestants must select one of the following topics for developing the oration.  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.  Should computer science be a required course for high school students?

2.  Are self driving cars essential to the future of transportation?

3.  Can government do more to combat the spread of diseases such as the       Zika virus?

4.  Does the US have a responsibility to aid in resolving conflicts abroad?

5.  Can the Texas Legislature resolve the debate over funding for Texas public schools?

  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.
  • Remember to explore both sides of the issue and to form an opinion that is supported with solid facts.
  • Get your audience's attention in your introduction and preview your main points.
  • Be sure to finish with a memorable conclusion - you want your listeners to remember your speech.