READING CONTEST: Criteria for Judging

  • An in depth introduction should name the work and the author, give the audience all necessary background information as well as establish the mood of the work.
  • In poetry there should be a unity to the program as a whole, made clear by the introduction and transitional material.
  • After the introduction, the speaker may use a persona, and may use character voices, but they are not necessary.
  • There should be clear communication of the mood or idea of the work as a whole.
  • The reader should demonstrate an awareness of the importance of imagery and sound devices, by paying special attention to pause and change of pace.
  • The reader should demonstrate an awareness of, and building to, a climax.
  • Eye contact should be direct and comprehensive:
  • There should be eye contact during the introduction and transitions.

  • There should be sufficient familiarity with the script to provide opportunity for eye contact.
  • Facial expression should be natural and appropriate, and should aid communication.
  • The reader should have vocal variety to facilitate and enhance communication:

    • By changing pitch
    • By changing pace or rate
    • By changing tone
    • By pausing for dramatic effect or clarity

  • Fluency, articulation, enunciation, and vocal quality should enhance communication.
  • The student should select material appropriate to his/her abilities.