2021 Summer – Prep for Forensics Speech Competition for Middle Schoolers


Interested in competitive speech events?

Then forensics might be for you!

No, we don’t cut up dead bodies, this is not forensic science. This type of Forensics refers to competitive speech events that take place at middle school, high school, and college. Each year thousands of students in Michigan and tens of thousands nationally compete in forensics.

This class would be a chance to get an introduction to forensics or get a jump on the competitive season. There will be instruction and practice in the events offered through the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIFA). Events are divided into two categories, interpretation of literature and public address.

Interpretation events involve acting out pieces of literature. The categories will vary depending on the type of literature whether it is poetry, novels, short stories, and/or plays.

Public address events involve writing your own speech for presentation. The categories include informative, persuasive, current events, impromptu, declamation and broadcasting.

Whether you have never competed before and wish to learn, you have competed and want to try something new, or you want to get a head start on the season, come check out the “Prep for Forensics Speech Competition class”!

Key focus areas will include:

  • Contest piece preparation
  • Setting the proper tone for an audience
  • Delivery techniques
  • and Practice routines and techniques.

Course Features

  • Grade G5-G7
  • Max Enroll 10
  • Class Time 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST, 6/28 - 7/28 Mon & Wed (5 weeks, 10 sessions)
  • Class Location Online

Mrs. Kay has been teaching public speaking communication skills for over 35 years. She has taught at a variety of levels including 6th grade through college and continuing education courses. She has been awarded for her teaching and scholarship by local, regional and national professional speech communication organizations. Kay is currently the speech, debate and forensic teacher at Detroit Country Day School.