From the official NCFL critique sheet (see link below):
Therefore, the purpose of the category is not to give an impersonation of the original speaker; it is to interpret their words in an interesting and convincing manner that fits the individual competitor. The competitor is only required to recreate the general "feel" of the original delivery, not mimic it.
The Theodore Gibson Oratorical, Declamation and Advocacy Project
A joint venture of Miami Dade College and Miami Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida, the Project began in 1977 and is dedicated to exposing school children to the wide breadth of writings about the Black experience throughout the Diaspora. The Project seeks to provide an opportunity for school children in grades pre-K through high school to discover and refine public speaking skills through a comprehensive and challenging level of learning and competition.
The Project is an in person oratory, declamation and advocacy oral presenation of persuasive or inspirational material of literary merit prepared by another person; the advocacy component being a researched problem, identified solution, and the extolled benefits or burdens of an issue in an effectively, compelling speech. The speech is memorized and each speaker allowed a minimum 3 minutes to present. Judging is based primarily on the quality of the presenatation as represented by the following evaluation criteria: Selection 1) Intellectual Understanding: Is the structure of the selection conducive to interpretation? Does the speaker demonstrate emotional and aesthetic merit? 2) Historical/Creative Significanc: Does the selection represent a thoughtful review of the breadth of African-American, Afro-Caribbean, African, human/civil rights experienc, or creativity. Diction 3) Vocal Variety/Contrast: Does the voice show variations in rate, speed mood? Were transitions smooth and in keeping with the total message? 4) Tempo: Were time, pauses and hesitations used properly? Were emphasis and subclimaxes acknowledged with associated rapid speech? Was the pace set in keeping with the author's intent? Articulation 5) Voice: Was their clearness, correctness, and effectiveness in choice and expression of words? 6) Vocabulary: Did speaker demonstrate a full command of the language of the piece and master complexities of vocabulary, pronunciation and context? Projection Presentation 7) Stage Presence: Does speaker manipulate floor space appropriately to dispense the full effect of the selection? Does speaker appear comfortable and well adapted to the space? 8) Animation: Is the presentation performed appropriately to the tone of the selection? Is animation appropriate or over dramzatized? 9) Bodily Actions: Do gestures, stance and facial expression support and emphasize the verbal content of the speech, or do they detract and call forth undue attention? Final Evaluation 10) Overall Effectiveness: Overall presentation of piece, effectiveness, articulation and stage presence. 11) Base by Jose Ariel G. Adolfo, declamation should be delivered at SAC of Cebu Normal in cooperation with Ms. Tugot the best declamer of the town.
The Project's namesake, the Reverend Canon Theodore R. Gibson, a Miami City Commissioner known for his oration and vision, made the remark that is the Project's theme: "Help the Children to Communicate...That is the Key".
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