Forensics

Once again, we are offering students in Grades 3-8 the opportunity to participate in Forensics.  The goals of this program are to enhance oratory skills involved in the art of public speaking, to encourage creativity and to decrease the fear of standing before an audience.  Forensics is not a competition.  The student only works to challenge himself/herself and to improve with each performance.

The categories that are available for consideration are:  Interpretive Reading of Prose, Interpretive Reading of Poetry and Reader's Theater.

Once a child has selected a category to work in, teachers and advisors will assist them in choosing their piece and then work on their interpretation/performance.  Practices are once a week during lunch hour and then become more frequent as the Forensics Meet approaches.

St. Joseph Catholic School Forensic Teachers/Advisors:
Mrs. Paulus, Mrs. Nichol and Mrs. Goertz

Forensics Category Guidelines

Interpretive Reading of Prose

  • Time limit:  8 minutes
  • Presentation must consist of an expressive reading from a selection from
    literature (a short story, a cutting from a novel on non-fiction work).
    Prose is defined as anything that is not poetry or drama. 
  • A manuscript is used; no memorization.
  • The presentation must include a short, original introduction.
  • Movement is limited to hand and facial gestures.
  • No visual aids, costumes or props are permitted.

Interpretive Reading of Poetry

  • Time limit: 8 minutes
  • Presentation must consist of an expressive reading of poetry, which
    may include: one long poem, a cutting from a longer poem or a series
     of short poems on a common theme, connected by transitions.
  • A manuscript is used, no memorization.
  • The presentation must include a short, original introduction.
  • Movement is limited to hand and facial gestures.
  • No visual aids, costumes or props are allowed.

Reader's Theatre

  • Time limit:  15 minutes
  • Presentation consists of the expressive reading of a scene from a
    play by several readers.  No memorization. 
  • Each participant may read one or more parts.
  • Readers may either stand or be seated on stools. 
  • Choral reading is permitted. 
  • Presentation must include a short, original introduction. 
  • Gestures and facial expressions are encouraged. 
  • No costumes or props are allowed.