45 Group Speech Topics And Duo Interp

Group speech topics list with orals for a few people or duo interp act at forensic or other special events.

In general, there are four types of explanation of the meaning of artistic works at college or university:

a. reading and perception;
b. duo interp;
c. humorous;
c. and dramatic interpretation.

There a some other mix forms, but these are the major categories I discuss here.

Each with its own special rhetorical rules and requirements, depending on the assignment or event. There is one simple golden rule: it is important to select duo piece or group speech topics that every team member like to analyze and bring to real life on stage!

The definition of Duo or Group Interp I use for exegeting on this public speaking act:

Two people to five or seven individuals perform an excerpt from a play, novel, poems, short story or other literary script. One does the monologue lines and the other team members perform the characters.

These short stories are good group speech topics:

A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane
A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor
A Little Cloud by James Joyce
A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum
A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury
Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby by Joel Chandler Harris
How the Leopard Got His Spots by Rudyard Kipling
In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka

My Kinsman Major Molineux by Nathaniel Hawthorne
On The Gulls’ Road by Willa Cather
Rain by W. Somerset Maughan
Regret by Kate Chopin
Resumed Identity by Ambrose Bierce

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Scarlet Stockings by Louisa May Alcott
Split Cherry Tree by Jess Stuart
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft

The Cask of Almontilado by Edgar Allan Poe
The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
The Doctor’s Son by John O’Hara
The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The Idiots by Joseph Conrad
The Imp of The Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe
The Killers by Ernest Hemingway
The Last Lesson by Alphonse Daudet

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
The MinisterВґs Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs
The Mortal Immortal by Mary Shelley

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol
The Private History of a Campaign That Falied by Mark Twain
The Puloined Letter by Edgar Allen Poe
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Vampyre by John Polidori
To build a fire by Jack London

With a little fantasy high school and college students can transform these short stories into good group speech topics. The challenge is to present a literary script in such a way that the audience imagines action being described rather than witnessing it being performed.

There are two ways to perform in a team:
  • Make hand gestures, pantomime movements or even dance tricks.
  • Change the manner of your verbal style and tone of voices. It is almost like your granny did when reading bedtime stories :-)

There is no general advice on time limits in time and lenght of the total act to want to perform. Most duo pieces and group interpretations are not more than ten minutes long.

But often five to eight minutes will do for most teachers.

If a script is too long, just cut it – with wisdom please, and modify it into an appropriate group speech topics length. The core of the moral message has to stand for itself. Everyone who listens to you has to understand fully the underlaying structure and the inspired utterance of the writer you choose to braek down in bits that are easy to follow:

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