Modern Oratory

In modern oratory, contestants will select one of the topics, determine the critical issues in the topic, and acknowledge both pro and con points citing support discovered in their research. Students will choose a side to defend and support that side with additional evidence. 

Open to 2nd 4th - 5th grades.

2021-2022 HISD topics

4th/5th Grade ONLY

NOTE: Middle school topics can be found here:

2020-2021 HISD topics

Grade 2nd/3rd

Grade 4th/5th

2020-2021 MODERN ORATORY TOPICS from A-plus

Contestants must select one of the following topics for developing the oration.

Students will deliver a three to six minute speech without the use of notes on their topic. In the process of preparing for the contest, the student will need to:

To achieve and maintain the educational goals of the contest activity, the teacher and/or parent may guide the development of the research and writing of the speech, but shall not be permitted to write the speech for the student.