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Have students review the video "Dust Buddies" as a class or large group and use the organizer to examine how it relates to the title, characters, plot, point of view, and more. Talk through their answers, then watch the second video "Runaway" and have them work in small groups to answer the same questions. This work prepares them to complete their own theme statement outline for their cutting.
This content is excerpted from Lesson 4 of the Start Here: Teaching Interp collection. The material includes a list of example themes, activities, and instruction to introduce them to theme in cutting.
Upcoming Webinar: What to Expect at High School Nationals 2023
Join us Tuesday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m. CT as veteran coaches and Institute for Speech and Debate staff Chase Williams, Crawford Leavoy, Jay Rye, and Nationals Host Committee chair Meg Howell-Haymaker offer an overview of what to expect at Nationals this summer! From packing tips to setting your schedule, they'll cover what they plan for every year so you feel prepared to take on the tournament. In the meantime, visit the National Tournament website for the latest updates.
Read the April Board Meeting Agenda
We invite you to read the agenda for the NSDA Board of Directors meeting April 28-29. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration.
Apply Now—NSDA & NFHS Policy Debate Topic Fellowships
We are proud to partner with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to increase in diversity in the Policy Debate selection process. In order to have topics that best reflect the evolving needs of our diverse membership, we have created two 2-year Policy Debate topic fellowships. Learn more about the fellowships and apply by May 15 »
Celebrate Middle School Excellence
Recognize a coach or administrator who champions speech and debate! Nominations for these national-level awards are due Monday, May 1. This is a great way to build loyalty and celebrate those who are making a difference.
Reminder: Take the Survey and Enter to Win a Free School Membership
Our membership survey helps shape our priorities for the coming school year and influences the resources, recognition, and competitive opportunities we offer. In 15 minutes, you can have your voice heard and enter to win. Three high school programs and three middle school programs will be randomly selected from all complete surveys submitted by Friday, May 5, at 11:59 p.m. CT to win free a free school membership for 2023-2024.
If you are eligible to participate in our survey, you would have received an email on April 11 from email@example.com via SurveyMonkey with the subject line Response Requested: 2023 NSDA Membership and Resource Survey. Be sure to check your spam folder! We hope you'll take the time to participate and share your perspective.
District Leadership » Our district leader election is underway! One advisor per high school may log in to their NSDA Account and select "NSDA Voting" from the left side menu. Voting ends this Friday, April 28. All active coaches are eligible to serve on their District Committee. District leaders play a crucial role in our organization and the facilitation of local speech and debate. Learn more about the role of the District Committee and the importance of voting »
2023 Hall of Fame Voting » The highest honor for any high school speech and debate coach is election to the NSDA Hall of Fame. Current Hall of Fame members and active coaches with three or more Diamond Awards may vote online to select this year’s inductees. To access the ballot, log in to your NSDA Account and select “NSDA Voting” from the left side menu. Voting ends this Friday, April 28.
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