We humans seem to live to communicate and communicate to live! The Dane County 4H Communication Arts group will help you improve your communication skills by providing activities where you can practice in front of an audience.
If you are into speeches, demonstrations, and interpretive readings, then the Communication Arts Festival is for you!
Here is some information about the Communication Arts Festival:
Who Can Enter: All Dane County 4-H members and other youth group participants. You DO NOT need to be enrolled in a specific project to participate. This is a pre-fair event.
How Many Speeches: You can 2 different types of individual speeches and 1 group clowning.
Judging/Awards: Participants are judged on an individual conference basis. Awards will be given out at the conclusion of the Communication Arts Festival. You can sign up to present two different types of speeches plus one group presentation.
TYPES OF PRESENTATIONS:
|Demonstration||How to “make” a project or “do” an activity in any project area. A planned demonstration that takes the audience through the complete process with an introduction, body and summary.|
|Illustrated Talk, Power Point||Use of visuals, posters, etc. with a talk. A planned presentation with an introduction, body and summary on any subject.|
|Original Speech||Written by the speaker on any topic. Notes may be used.|
|Interpretive Reading||Any piece or collection of prose or poetry. Participant may write their own. Material is read with personal interpretation. Pieces may be combined to meet time requirements.|
|Memorized Prose, Poetry,or Story||Any piece of literature from memory. Participant selects written prose or poetry or writes their own. Material needs to be presented without notes in an interpretive fashion.|
|Radio Broadcast||Participant prepares a newscast about a variety of 4-H events or issues (club, county, state or national). Evaluations will be based on story quality, transition from story to story, how close to target length and effective use of voice. Judge will not be in eye contact with presenter|
|Extemporaneous Speech||Participant selects a topic “from a hat” and will have at least 15 minutes to write their speech before it is presented. Topics will include subjects dealing with 4H or current events. Notes may be used for the presentation.|
|Clowning||Individual or group presentations.|
Here is a guideline for types of speeches and how long they can be.
|Cloverbud||Any Topic||1-2 minutes|
|3rd, 4th||Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, Power Point||2-5 minutes|
|3rd, 4th||Broadcast||2-3 minutes|
|5th, 6th, 7th||Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, Power Point||5-10 minutes|
|5th, 6th, 7th||Original Speech, Interpretive Reading, Memorized, Extemp||3-5 minutes|
|5th, 6th, 7th||Broadcast||4 min. 20 seconds|
|8th Grade & Over||Demonstration, Illustrated Talk, Power Point||10-12 minutes|
|8th Grade & Over||Original Speech, Interpretive Reading, Memorized, Extemp||5-10 minutes|
|8th Grade & Over||Broadcast||6 min. 40 seconds|
|3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th||Clowning||5-10 minutes|
|8th Grade & Over||Clowning||10-15 minutes|