Track 2 Speech Camp Assignments

Your Speech Camp Instructors are working hard to make speech camp profitable for your competition year! We appreciate you getting these assignments completed ahead of time so that our time together will be productive and fun!

Please bring computers, pens, pencils, paper, and notecards with you to camp.

Limited Prep Speech — A Message From Coach Ellen Alcazar

For limited prep, I need you to come with the words “mercy” and “justice” thoroughly defined. What does this mean? It means, write out multiple definitions and pull synonyms.

Interpretive Speech — A Message From Coach Stephanie Oliver

For all the advanced interpers, I will need for you to come to class with a book in hand. Yes, you heard me right—Book–in–hand!

There are several options:
1. Physical book—good.
2. Physical book and printed digital copy—better.
3. Physical book and printed digital copy and computer—BEST!

We will help you cut your individual piece and provide valuable instruction so that you will leave camp with a script in hand, roughly blocked, and characters formed.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. Email me at

Good luck on your quest for the perfect interp!

BOOK LIST: This is a link to a helpful book list. Please note, this is only to help you! If you find something else, use it!

Platform Speech — A Message From Coach Allison Dixon

Assignment #1: Pick Your Topic! ...or Two or Three!

Someone once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” What’s your first step in this process? Picking a topic for your platform speech! This can be one of the most difficult steps, but I assure you that topics are ALL AROUND!

When selecting a topic, search in the following two ways:

  • Search Externally: What is going on in the news that you find interesting? What do you hear in church that sparks your interest? What are you reading about in your favorite magazine? Look at the world around you and choose a topic you find fascinating.
  • Search Internally: What is one of your happiest moments? What about your saddest moment? What makes you really angry? What lesson has God taught you over the last year? Take a few moments to think and write down the answers to these questions because inside your answers lies a great platform speech.

Remember, your platform speech needs to be interesting and applicable to you—but it also should speak to your audience. Great platform speeches lie at the intersection of your own interests and passions and the audiences' interest.

And consider what Jesus called the two greatest commandments: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength AND love your neighbor as yourself. Think about how you can apply this to your speech topic.

Choose at least one topic (but preferably two). You will need them for the following two assignments.

Assignment #2: Write a Thesis Statement

A thesis statement is a short, one-sentence statement telling the audience what your speech is about. Aim for ten words or less and make sure it is debatable. Killer thesis statements are eloquent and intriguing. They make your audience want to sit up and listen!

You can read more about writing thesis statements here.

Assignment #3: Research & Outline Your Speech

Spend time researching your speech topic. Good speakers know much more about their topic than they can actually fit into ten minutes so you should dedicate a reasonable amount of time to this endeavor.

Using your research, choose three sub-points that support your thesis. (Two or four are okay too.) Then, write a basic outline of your speech.

Everything that goes into your speech should support your thesis!

If you need help getting started, you can use this Outline How-To Guide and Blank Outline. You can keep it basic—no need to fill in every blank. We are aiming for three sub-points, nothing more right now.

If you have two speech topics and lots of energy, please repeat this process with the second topic.

If you need assistance with any of these steps, or if you would like me to comment on your topic, thesis statement, or outline, drop me a note at