Original Events are events that allow you to be in charge of your speech! Your speech is completely original, since you are the one writing them. If writing and speaking your own thoughts are what you love, originals let you spread your creativity and voice.
Original Oratory and Original Advocacy(OO/OA)
In OO,the student presents an original speech written by himself or herself. Subjects vary, but regardless of the topic, the student’s aim is to arouse, persuade, inspire and or motivate. There may be a maximum of 150 quoted words and these quotes must be identified. The speech should be memorized. No visual aids permitted.
Any appropriate subject may be used. The speech should not be expected to solve any of the great problems of the day, rather it should be expected to discuss intelligently, with a degree of originality and with some profit to the audience, the topic chosen. An “OO” may serve to alert the audience to a threatening situation, strengthen devotion to a cause, etc. Humor and satire are often employed.
OA is similar to OO but has important differences. Here the student presents an original persuasive speech which identifies a problem and offers a clear, concise legislative solution. Not as broad as OO, in OA the topic is limited to subjects concerning public policy issues of a tangible nature, and the speaker must advocate a specific legislative and/or regulatory governmental action. There may be a maximum of 150 quoted words and these quotes must be identified. The speech should be memorized. No visual aids.
The purpose of this original speech is to inform in an entertaining manner, rather than to persuade. It should explain, describe, clarify, illustrate or define an object, idea, concept or process. These speeches range from simply giving information to actually demonstrating a process. Although speakers are not required to use visual aids, it is recommended and most do. The visual aids used should enhance the speech; they should not substitute for effective writing and oral presentation. Costumes may be worn if they are used as visual aids and are put on and taken off during the speech; they may not be part of the speaker’s beginning or ending attire. The set-up and take-down of the visual aids are part of the timed speech, which is subject to the 10:30 limit. Timing begins as soon as the speaker begins set-up, and does not stop until all aids have been cleared from view. No persons or animals may be used as aids, nor may audience members participate other than as observers.
Original Prose & Poetry (OPP)
OPPs are perhaps the most varied of the IEs. The presentation is the original work of the student and may take the form of stories, poems, spoken word, skits, plays, essays, diary entries, or any combination, both humorous and serious. Subject to the 10 minute maximum/30 second grace, there may be up to 150 quoted words. The writing in OPP should demonstrate creativity. Any subject matter is fair game. The speaker may even present several original pieces, which may or may not be thematically linked. Dancing and singing are permitted.