Ponderosa's Speech and Debate Team
Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit the Ponderosa Speech and Debate Team webpage. I hope this page helps you while on your quest to gain knowledge about the speech and debate program. We compete regularly in various tournaments in Northern California. By participating in tournaments one is able to practice the speaking skills which are so vital in todays world. This page is meant to inform others of the basic rules and regulations of speech and as an introduction to the speech program at Ponderosa High School. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me (my e-mail address is at the bottom of the page). If I am unable to answer your question I will try and get you in contact with someone who will be able to. Thanks again for visiting this page and have a great speech year!
Steps To Writing A Successful Speech
- Find a topic...this is usually the hardest part
- Do some research on your topic...although you may think you know everything you could possibly know about it there is always something more that you could add.
- Make an outline of your speech...even if you think it is a complete waste of time outlines often prove to be very helpful when it comes down to it.
- Do more research...you can never have enough!
- Write a rough draft of your speech. Yes this is very time consuming, but it is helpful when editing and adding informationto have one!
- Search for quotes or bits of humor to add to your speech in order to spice things up a bit.
- Complete a final draft of your speech. This is a no brainer!
- Present your speech to someone...anyone! Parents, friends,and complete strangers all want to hear your beautiful speaking voice (even if they don't they will still pretend to be listening).
- Practice, practice, practice! Although it sounds cheesey: "Practice makes perfect!"
- Memorize and get ready to compete!
The '00-'01 Ponderosa Speech and Debate Team
Rules/instructions for panel A events: original oratory, expository, duo interpretation, thematic interpretation, and impromptu
Rules/insttructions for panel B events: extemp, original advocacy, oratorical interpretation, original prose/poetry, and dramatic interpretation
Having Trouble Thinking Of A Speech Topic? Here Are Some Suggestions
Many helpful links to other speech and debate sites (research pages, quote sites, etc.)
My Cali Web Page HTML fragment info (nothing that is really helpful)
THE GUESTBOOK- Please Sign It!!!