The telling of a good story takes more than astounding, descriptive details - it requires the speaker to "throw" his/her entire being into the story - heart, soul, voice, purposeful movement, essential eye contact, etcetera. Your children have are practicing and preparing in order to do just this: throw their whole being into an interpretive speech.
Last week most students completed their first original oratory, and in an effort to further improve stage presence, your children have selected a fictive work - literature, poetry, or film - in order to recreate the piece through their own interpretive lens and abilities.
It is worth sharing the dramatic/duo pieces that have been used in preparation for this task:
As the above examples demonstrate, these speeches provide more than merely opportunities to improve in stage presence - these speeches allow us to improve as people who tap into a deeper part of humanity in order to tell it and show it to others.
[A/B] SPAR and Lincoln-Douglas: The Final Quarter
[A/B] The Art of Debate – Define, Defend, Deliver
[P.1] Unlocking Academic Excellence Through Scary Stories
The Final Four (Bigger than March Madness)
[P.3] Halfway There: Winding Down the Third Quarter
[A/B] Logical Trust – An Argument for Debate
[P.3] From Declamations to Original Masterpieces
[P.3] The Body Speaks (for Those Who Listen)