Selections include stories, essays, speeches, raps, plays and scenes of plays.
The reader communicates meaning and emotions to the listener,relying only on the spoken word through reading,without props, costumes, lighting or sound effects, or other devices including digital presentations, or wandering about a stage.
The reader assumes the identity of a character and portrays the dramatic, physical and emotional aspects of this character or of the situation.
Interpretive reading begins with a good understanding of the material
The selection is focused and not too complex that the audience can identify with and understand it in one presentation.
The piece stands on its own: does it sound right? Will it be understood?
What is the (your) emotional connection;how does it affect your reading and interpretation?
Once a reading is selected, analyze and study its sequence of thought:
Summarize the general theme, or dominant meaning, you wish to convey.
Visualize or imagine a word picture that will help you relate your experience with the reading.
What will be your introduction? Capture the audience's attention, and set the stage for the reading, point of view, context, etc.
From what work is this selection taken? What is the title? Who is the author?
What is the context, and role of any character?
If two or more pieces are read, transitions should set the stage and connect the pieces.
Practice reading aloud for continuity and smoothness:
Keep your mind on the connected thought as you read.
Do the sequences of sentences build the theme or story?
Practice reading the story out loud to a trial audience.
Format your oral presentation to the audience's ability to identify with, understand and enjoy the piece
Create an atmosphere or context with your voice:
expressive reading uses many vocal tools. Vocal qualities show differences in characters, development of the action, and indications of emotions
Rhythm, pace and cadence include pauses and effective spacing for words
Pronunciation of words pays attention to the enunciation of sounds. Practice difficult words and their sounds as vowels and consonants, especially leading and ending sounds.