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Find coaching and teaching resources for speech events, including public address and interpretation. For more speech resources, visit our resource table.

Resource Access

This collection features resources from a variety of membership levels.

Free: Resources available to all.
Members: Resources available to members logged in and attached to a school with an NSDA membership.
Resource Package Subscribers: Resources available to individuals or teams who are logged in and have purchased a Resource Package with additional tools.

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Interp

Scripts and Cuttings

Suggested Source Materials

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Suggested Source Material

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Follow a Script Through the Cutting Process

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Follow a Script Through the Cutting Process

Dive into the process of putting together a Duo performance from start to finish. This course, geared toward both students and coaches, offers a behind the scenes glimpse at the cutting, blocking, practicing, and performing of a final round Duo.

Demonstration of an Effective Cutting

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Demonstration of an Effective Cutting

Work through the process of cutting an Interp step-by-step in this hour-long video!

How to Pick a Piece

Free

How to Pick a Piece

Join an expert Interper and coach for an in-depth conversation about searching for a piece, identifying your strengths, and finding the right fit.

Characterization

Character Checklist

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Character Checklist

Use this checklist to experiment and track progress in bringing a character to life through their movement, voice, motivations, environment, and more.

Finding the Honest Voice of the Character

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Finding the Honest Voice of the Character

Find strategies to break through past “traditional” and “normal” characters to find the unique voice of the characters through this hour-long training.

How to Create a Character

Free

How to Create a Character

Explore ways to bring complexity and purpose to each character with tips from Samuel L. Jackson.

Getting Started

Dive deeper into norms and coaching strategies with content from experts.

Intro to Coaching DI and HI

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Intro to Coaching DI and HI
Intro to Coaching POI

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Intro to Coaching POI

Sample Rounds

Dramatic Interpretation Finals

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Dramatic Interpretation

Watch the 2020 Dramatic Interpretation National Tournament final round.

Duo Interpretation Finals

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Duo Interpretation

Watch the 2020 Duo Interpretation National Tournament final round.

Humorous Interpretation Finals

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Humorous Interpretation

Watch the 2020 Humorous Interpretation National Tournament final round.

Poetry Final Round

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Poetry Reading

Watch the 2020 Poetry National Tournament final round.

Program Oral Interpretation Finals

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Program Oral Interpretation

Watch the 2020 Program Oral Interpretation National Tournament final round.

Prose Final Round

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Prose Reading

Watch the 2020 Prose National Tournament final round.

Storytelling Final Rounds

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Storytelling

Watch the 2020 Storytelling National Tournament final round.

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Public Address

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600 Middle Schools

5,200 Coaches

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Practice Tools

Practice Questions

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Latest Extemp Questions

Download the September 2021 Extemp Practice Questions

Running Practices

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Running Practices

Access more than 50 individual drills and practice activities for delivery, prep, strategy, memorization, characterization, movement, and more.

Diversity and Inclusion Extemp Questions

Free

Diversity and Inclusion Extemp Questions

Download more than 50 USX and IX practice questions centered around diversity and inclusion.

Extemp Prep and Speech Breakdown: Featuring Jacqueline Wei

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Demo Extemp Prep

Join an expert extemper as they narrate their live prep and deliver their speech. Learn how they balance their time, search for evidence, and more.

Extemp Speech Breakdown Beginner

Free

Extemp Speech Breakdown (Beginner)

Follow the breakdown of a final round Extemp speech to learn more about the components of a speech and decision making in this video.

Extemp Speech Breakdown Advanced

Free

Extemp Speech Breakdown (Advanced)

Learn advanced Extemp strategies from a two-time national champion in this video.

Improptu Starter Kit

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Impromptu Starter Kit

Use these notes on event structure, balancing time, and delivery, as well as practice activities and advice from National Tournament finalists to get started with Impromptu.

Sample Rounds

Commentary Final Round

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Commentary

Watch the 2020 Commentary National Tournament final round.

Expository Speaking Final Round

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Expository

Watch the 2020 Expository National Tournament final round.

Impromptu Speaking Final Round

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Impromptu

Watch the 2019 Impromptu National Tournament final round.

Informative Speaking Final Round

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Informative Speaking

Watch the 2020 Informative Speaking National Tournament final round.

International Extemporaneous Speaking Finals

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International Extemporaneous Speaking

Watch the 2020 Expository National Tournament final round.

Original Oratory Final Round

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Original Oratory

Watch the 2020 Original Oratory National Tournament final round.

United States Extemporaneous Speaking Final Rounds

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United States Extemporaneous Speaking

Watch the 2020 United States Extemp National Tournament final round.

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Classroom Instruction

Competition Events Guide

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Start Here: Teaching Public Speaking

Download a semester-long collection of grab-and-go lesson plans and materials designed for students new to public speaking and oral communication.

Middle School Mini Lesson Writing Introductions

Free

Middle School Mini Lesson: Writing Introductions

Cover the different components of an introduction and teach students to construct one on their own using these three activities.

Writing a Three-Minute Persuasive Speech

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Writing a Three-Minute Persuasive Speech

Use this guide to inform an introductory lesson to a three-minute speech or use as a handout.

Collaborative POI Unit

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Collaborative POI Unit

Engage students in cutting, blocking, and performing a group POI in this two-week unit.

Textbooks

Original Oratory Textbook

Resource Package Subscribers

Original Oratory Textbook
Interpretation Textbook

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Interpretation Textbook
Extemporaneous Speaking Textbook

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Extemporaneous Speaking Textbook
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