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Start Here: Teaching Middle School Program Oral Interp

Start Here Teaching Middle School Program Oral Interp
Start Here: Teaching Middle School Program Oral Interp

Program Oral Interp is an Interpretation event. Students choose literature from a variety of genres connected by a common theme and weave it together to support their argument.

POI combines original writing, analysis of literature, and acting. It gives students a high degree of freedom to determine the perspective they want to share and the way those stories are told.

We recommend using this collection as a culminating unit after teaching students Interp and Public Address, as those two styles are foundational to POI.

Students Will Be Able To:

  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning. 
  • Adapt speech by utilizing nonverbal communication, vocabulary, and the tone, rate, volume, and pitch of their voice.
  • Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
  • Determine a theme or central idea of a text, analyze its development over the course of the text, and use this information to identify commonalities between pieces of literature. 
  • Describe how a story or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
  • Bring a character to life by analyzing their spoken and unspoken motivations. 
  • Research, write, cut, block, memorize, deliver, and revise a POI around a central argument. 


LESSON 1: POI Building Blocks 1
LESSON 2: Choose a Theme or Argument 15
LESSON 3: Choose Your Literature 24
LESSON 4: Cut and Weave Your Literature 39
LESSON 5: Write the Introduction 59
LESSON 6: Create the Performance 71

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