Middle School Speech Challenge Topics

Middle School Speech Challenge Topics

The following topics will be discussed during the 2020 online Middle School Speech Challenge. Visit our Nationals page to learn more about this prestigious event.

Middle School Pro Con Challenge

Students will write a 3-5 minute affirmative case and a 3-5 minute negative case on the National Tournament topic for LD, PF, or CX. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process.

  • LD Topic – Resolved: The intergenerational accumulation of wealth is antithetical to democracy.
  • PF Topic – Resolved: On balance, charter schools are beneficial to the quality of education in the United States.
  • CX Topic – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce Direct Commercial Sales and/or Foreign Military Sales of arms from the United States.

Middle School Congressional Debate Authorship Challenge

Competitors will select two pieces of legislation from the High School National Congressional Debate Docket (released by May 10) and construct two authorship speeches 3-5 minutes in length. They will read both of those speeches within a time limit of 10 minutes and submit it through the recording process.

Middle School Prepared Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking

In Prepared Mixed Extemporaneous Speaking, students select one question from the list below, prepare a 7-minute speech, and submit it through the recording process.

  • Does China’s Belt & Road Initiative help or hurt Pakistan?
  • How should the television and film industry adapt to the rise of streaming services?
  • How should Washington encourage businesses to invest in renewable energy?
  • How well has the World Health Organization managed international cooperation to address the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How will declining oil prices affect Russia’s struggling economy?
  • What steps should Narendra Modi take to stop the violence against Muslims in India?
  • What steps should the South African government take to improve the country’s economy?
  • What steps should the U.S. take to prepare for future disease outbreaks?
  • Which battleground state will most likely decide the 2020 presidential election?
  • Which industry will suffer the most as a result of the economic downturn?

Middle School Prepared Prompt Speaking

In Prepared Prompt Speaking, students select one question from the list below, prepare a 5-minute speech, and submit it through the recording process.

  • “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything,”
    – Mark Twain

  • “Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”
    – Cynthia Nelms

  • “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
    – Winston Churchill

  • “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow internet service to see who they really are.”
    – Will Ferrell

  • “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
    – Albert Einstein

  • “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    – Maya Angelou

  • “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
    – Charlie Chaplin

  • “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
    – Mahatma Gandhi

  • “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
    – Booker T. Washington

  • “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
    – Dalai Lama

 

Middle School Storytelling

Students competing in Storytelling may use any theme/topic area.

 

Middle School Interpretation Events

View the list of approved websites for Interpretation Events. Listing of these online publishing sources does not constitute an endorsement of the content of these sites. Stories, poems, news articles, and images may not be appropriate for all ages.

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