Speech Club

Maroa-Forsyth's Speech Club offers students to opportunity to excel at public speaking.

What is Speech Club?

Maroa-Forsyth High School Speech Club is a fluid organization meant to be an activity that you look forward to, not an obligation that you dread:

  • Members can enter and exit the club throughout the school year based on other family obligations or extra-curricular activities
  • You have the right to observe a few meetings before you perform or present
  • You have the right to choose your own projects or to ask for a challenge
  • You have the right to work with other students or work alone or both
  • Your ideas are welcome and respected
  • You have the right to ask or not ask for feedback from Ms. Ramsey

What’s the purpose of the club?

  • To create a safe place where you can be you
  • To learn how to give and receive constructive criticism
  • To learn how to give strong presentations
  • To learn how to deliver powerful speeches
  • To improve your ability to write academically and to write creatively
  • To improve your ability to create and evaluate arguments
  • To improve your ability to laugh at yourself
  • To learn to forgive yourself and to keep trying
  • To support others in their journey, too

When do we meet?

Last year, we met Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m. Each year we determine the meeting time based on what works best for this year’s members.

What do you do?

Below are several types of assignments that you may choose from. Take a look and see what most appeals to you!

  • Improv: Here we pick a scenario and everyone jumps in and out of the scene.
  • Demonstration: Explain how to do something or how something works.
  • Farrago: Select material from a variety of literary forms and provide introduction and transitions tying the two together.
  • Four Minute Speaking: Present materials to inform or persuade audience.
  • Duo/Group Interpretation: Present a literary script in such manner that the audience imagines action being described rather than witnessing it being performed.
  • Extemporaneous Speaking: Participant draws five questions 1/2 hour before speaking, chooses one and prepares an idea supporting one question.
  • Solo Acting: A cutting from serious or humorous drama or other literature with a brief narrative transitions allowed.
  • Play Acting: A presentation of a scene or cutting from a play by a group of 2-5 participants.
  • Prose: A selection from prose literature, including short stories, cuttings from novels, drama, essays, or other nonfiction work centering on a specific theme is to be ready.
  • Orally Interpretative Literature: Compose and present a formal speech on a significant topic.
  • Moments in History: Develop skills in research and speaking related to a historical focus.
  • Poetry: Select a poem or a group of poems centering on a specific theme or emotion.
  • Public Address: Present a well-informed statement, which is responsive to a question about that issue.
  • Radio Speaking: Present a well-organized communicated newscast.
  • Special Occasion: Make an appropriate original speech selected from five subjects chosen by the league you are in each year.
  • Storytelling: Develop skills in presenting imaginative material of the narrative form.
  • This I Believe: This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives.