Below is a listing of workshops provided by parties other than Stoa. The content is not provided by Stoa and thus cannot be endorsed, but the information is provided as a resource for families who wish to participate in additional training. If you have a workshop or event that you would like to list here, please contact us.

Individual Policy Debate

Individual Policy Debate is NOT a NITOC event, IP will have its own National Championship! The purpose of Individual Policy Debate is to train Christian home school students in the skills of presentation, critical thinking, and research in an environment of honorable competition, to cultivate maturity, wisdom, grace, and poise, bringing glory to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Lincoln Douglas Value Debate

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Team Policy Debate

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Open Interpretation

Open Interpretation

In Open Interpretation the competitor creates an original rendition from a selection or selections of prose or poetry (including unpublished work) which captivates and moves the audience. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

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Parliamentary Debate (aka Parli)

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Wildcard Cold Reading

Cold Reading 201-2018

Competitors read from a short selection given in the competition room. The Competitors will have two minutes to prepare approximately 3-4 minutes of material. Material could include well-known literature, speeches, poetry, or other genre selected by the tournament for each round. A good dramatic cold reader is able to communicate with fluency and clarity and to project speech rhythms well. He should also be able to bring out the intent, mood and characterization of a piece through appropriate articulation and body language.

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Wildcard Monologue

Monologue 2015-2017

A monologue is a speech from a single character. The competitor interprets a monologue from a single published source. No original material for the monologue selection is allowed. A portion of the presentation may include a brief analysis, background, and/or context of the monologue. Entire presentation has a maximum time of five minutes. The goal is to select and interpret a monologue from a play or piece of literature. The competitor will seek to move or entertain an audience by portraying a single persona, showing an insight to that character that is not always possible in scenes with multiple characters. The monologue may be a poem, as long as it is the thoughts or voice from a single character. In ancient, classic, and modern theater and literature there are many moving, as well as entertaining monologues. These pieces of merit are seldom used in competition because their single-character scripts are viewed as not being as competitive as pieces with multiple roles. Monologues often lend themselves more to characterization than a blocked performance in a scene. This event will also serve an educational purpose of introducing great monologues to Stoa competitors.

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Dramatic Interpretation

Dramatic Interpretation

In Dramatic Interpretation the competitor creates a serious, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and moves the audience. Speakers select and analyze literature, then bring it to life through the creative use of voice, movement, and facial expression.

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Mars Hill Impromptu Copy

Mars Hill Impromptu

Mars Hill Impromptu is a speech event that trains students to connect culture and Christianity. Students learn how to identify the universal themes contained in various classic and popular artistic genres (books, movies, songs, etc.) and discuss the relationship of those themes to the Biblical truths of Christianity and God’s work in the world. The name of this event is taken from the Apostle Paul’s speech in Athens in Acts 17 where he uses Greek cultural ideas to find common ground to make a connection to Christ. As this name implies, the goal of this event is to use cultural references to draw the listener to the truths of Christianity.

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3rd Annual NIHD NITOC Boot Camp - May 26 to May 27, 2017

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