Remember the basics of the assignment:
1. DO NOT speak for more than 3 minutes and try to speak for at least 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
2. Include an introduction with your name, a thesis sentence, and the title of your piece that does not last more than 20 seconds (included in your 3 minutes total). You also need to hand in a typed paragraph that more thoroughly explains your argument and have a copy of your piece to hand in to me (you can photocopy, type, take and print a clear picture, turn in clear handwriting). Having a thesis that deals with the theme of citizenship or community is an easy way for you to get closer to an "A" grade.
Here are some extra last minute tips for your Dramatic Reading tomorrow morning:
Don't plan on holding just a loose piece of paper. Have a folder or something hard and flat so the paper doesn't shake.
When you are practicing, read your piece very slowly, then read it very fast, then read it at normal speed. This will help your timing and the variety in your delivery.
To make sure you are loud and clear, don't hold your chin down when you are speaking. Make sure your enunciate your words and speak out to the audience.
A well performed Dramatic Reading will accurately convey an emotion or a number of emotions that present in the text.
Time yourself repeatedly to make sure that you meet the time limit, don’t gamble with your time.
Practice in front of a mirror, practice in front of anyone as many times as you can.
You should have read your piece out loud between at least 40-50 times.
Remember, EXCELLENCE WITHOUT EXCUSE!
I will be there rather early and will need some help setting up, so if you are around…