Below are a few tips for Junior and Senior Prepared Speaking CDE
also attached you should find the verification forms that need to be
sent in with you manuscripts by Feb 20th. To register for the subarea
cde you need to email the host teacher. Please indicate if you will
have a Junior , Senior or Both.
Senior Prepared Speaking CDE the time limit is 6 to 8 minutes and
questions are asked at the end of the speech by the judges.
Junior Speaking CDE, the time limit is 4 to 6 minutes and there are no
questions at the end of the presentation.
Have all students in your class research and write a mini speech based
on an Agricultural, Environmental or Leadership topic. (Suggest 2-4
Make sure the students know the rules for writing the manuscript.
For a guide for writing papers APA style go to: http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/apa
Make sure your students do not copy from the internet when writing a
speech. We have had students disqualified in the past when a judge has
determined that the student plagiarized.
-Have students deliver the speech in front of the class.
-Give awards to the top speakers. Now have your top speakers prepare
to represent your school at the first bracket.
-Use English teachers to review and make corrections to the
manuscripts. A bibliography must be included with the manuscript.
-Three copies of your student's manuscripts for Junior Public Speaking
and Senior Public Speaking CDE's should be mailed to your host teacher
so they will have it before the competition.
-Be sure to sign and include one copy of the certification form with
- Review the state and national score sheet and rules to how your
student will be judged. Print a score sheet and make sure your student
knows where points are counted off. Voice quality, stage presence,
power of expression and eye contact, and hand movements are
-Your student will need official FFA dress for the cde.
-Students may use note cards. Have your student write their speech on
index cards and not speak from full sheets of paper. They should
memorize as much of the speech as possible..
-Make sure the speech is at the center of the time frame. Many
students will speed up a lot when at the contest.
-Students need to have hand movement, good eye contact and good expression
-A well prepared speaker who has practiced a lot in front of different
individuals will be less likely to back out at the last minute.
Those who are not prepared, will often find an excuse to not to
participate as the CDE nears.
-Have a backup in case your top speaker decides not to compete.
-Complete information on the Senior Prepared Speaking CDE can be found
on both the GA and National FFA website. Be sure to look at both
Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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