Oral Interpretation is a long-standing tradition at Parmalee Elementary in which students have an opportunity to recite poetry or literature selections in front of an audience. The benefits of participating in this program include;

A) it encourages a lifetime appreciation of poetry

B) it is a wonderful opportunity to practice speaking in front of a group

C) it is FUN!!

Each student is encouraged to pick a piece of poetry, short story or a passage of a book or play-preferable something that interests them. Some students have even recited original works or with a partner! The suggested length for each grade level are as follows:

K     25 words
1     50 words
2     75 words
3     100 words
4     125 words
5     150 words

When selecting your poem, please remember that it must be appropriate for an elementary school audience.

Please make a copy of your poem and write your name, teacher, author of the poem and number of words in the poem. Give that copy to your teacher or put it in the Oral Interpretation folder in the front office by November 1st.

The selection must be memorized and will be recited and judged on November 19th in the Gymnasium. Grades K-2 will begin at 9:15am and Grades 3-5 will start at approximately 10am and be finished by 11:30am.  Light costumes or props are fine to use as long as they are not distracting from the piece. Students will be judged on Personal Connection, Voice, Creativity and Preparedness of Delivery. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place. Parents are encourage to attend the event providing Covid restrictions allow. You will be amazed at the students’ achievements.

Please contact Parmalee PTA at ptaparmalee@gmail.com with any questions.