Question by katiebug1293: How do I write an introduction for an oral interpretation?
I’m in a speech and debate team, and I need help on writing an introduction for my piece. My prose piece is about a boy who thinks batman is real, and he writes letters to batman. It’s called Dear Batman. My poetry piece is called The Andrew Poems. It was written by a mother whose five-year-old died by drowning in a river. Any tips? Thanks!
Answer by coyote_mirage
I’ve never been in speech and debate, so I’m not sure if there is a particular way you’re supposed to write introductions, but it looks like you could focus on some aspect of writing for someone who will never respond, since they are either imaginary (Batman) or deceased (drowned son). Maybe comparing how aware the writer is that they’ll hear a response. Maybe about the similarities of how the writing is more for the benefit of the writer instead of the recipient. Maybe even some kind of contrast between what is more real (a little boy who actually existed but few people knew and whose life was cut short at an early age, or an imaginary hero with a whole life story that keeps on going through comics, books, TV, and movies that have made him famous) and to whom is it a stronger reality (a boy who believes in superheroes, or a grown woman who has known motherhood, sorrow, and loss).
That’s getting pretty heavy, but maybe there’s something along one of those lines you can use. Good luck!
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