Oral Interpretation

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  • Expressing literature in dramatic or interpretive readings out loud to an audience. The physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters in literature are explored by the reader/speaker. In the process, the speaker attempts to develop effective speaking skills to convey a story through proper voice quality, volume, pitch, inflection, and rate. Gestures, body language, and voice quality all express the attitudes, thoughts, and emotions of the characters portrayed in the literature and make them understood and believable. It is very common for high school drama and speech departments to have oral interpretation competitions. The art of storytelling is conveyed in these dramatic presentations. Students learn to master decoding skills for fluency and comprehension in oral readings. The goal is to bring meaning to the text ...

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