Trivium Pursuit

Bibliography of Speech and Debate


Thinking Skills, Debate Skills

Speech

  • Aslett, Don. Is There a Speech Inside You? Cincinnati, OH: Writer's Digest Books, 1989. Humorous.
  • Buys, William E., ed. Creative Speaking. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Co., 1981. Provides comprehensive guidance for students preparing for speech events (oratory, oral interpretation of prose and poetry, extemporaneous speaking, serious dramatic interpretation, humorous dramatic interpretation, etc.).
  • Buehler, E. C., and Richard L. Johannesen. Building the Contest Oration. New York:The H. W. Wilson Company, 1965. For high school age students.
  • Collins, Wendy C. Speak Out! Gary C. Collins Publishing, Box 87336, Canton, MI 48187. An introductory speech course written from a Christian perspective. Written by a homeschool mom. Includes oral interpretation.
  • Duerr, Edwin. Radio and Television Acting—Criticism, Theory and Practice. New York: Rinehart and Company, 1959.
  • Ewbank, Henry L. and Sherman P. Lawton. Projects for Radio Speech: A Manual for the Student. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers.
  • Faris, Jerri. Audio tapes on how to start a homeschool speech and debate club (RR3, Box 49, Delphi, IN 46923, 219-686-2908).
  • Gondin, William R. and Edward W. Mammen. The Art of Speaking Made Simple: A Comprehensive Course for Self-Study and Review. Garden City, NY: Doubleday and Co., 1981.
  • Holm, James Noble. How to Judge Speech Contests. Portland, Maine: Platform News Publishing Company,1938. 
  • Litfin, Duane. Public Speaking: A Handbook for Christians. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1992. Textbook on public speaking.
  • Malen, Dan. Public Speaking for Homeschoolers. St. Louis, Missouri: MCE Publishing Company, 1998. Textbook on public speaking, illustrated with Bible engravings by Gustave Dore (1866).
  • Monroe, Alan H. and Douglas Ehninger. Principles and Types of Speech. Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1967. Speech textbook.
  • Moon, Teresa M.. Beginning Public Speaking. The super simple, user friendly, easy to follow, no experience needed textbook for the Christian student and teacher. Great for groups and handy at home, this text offers lesson-by-lesson plans for group and family meetings on academic speech.
  • Mulgrave, Dorothy I., Clark S. Marlor, and Elmer E. Baker, Jr. Bibliography of Speech and Allied Areas—1950-1960. New York: Chilton Company, 1962. Bibliography of doctoral dissertations and books that relate to speech and allied areas.
  • Oliver, Robert T. Effective Speech. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1939. Speech textbook.
  • Platz, Mabel. The History of Public Speaking—A Comparative Study of World Oratory. New York: Noble and Noble, 1935. The ancient Greek period through the World War period.
  • Raubicheck, Letitia. How to Teach Good Speech in the Elementary Schools. New York: Noble and Noble,1937. Techniques and procedures in teaching the speech arts. Includes a bibliography of choral speaking materials.
  • Rehn, Thane. As I Was Saying: A Competitor's Guide to Individual Events. Debate and speech champion Thane Rehn puts his coaching and participating experience together in this extensive guide to speech competition. Oratory, exposition, interpretation and impromptu are all expanded and elaborated on, making this an invaluable resource for the home school speaker.
  • The Teaching Home Magazine, Box 20219, Portland, OR 97220. "Communication Skills" Feb/March 1993 issue. "Debate" Oct/Nov 1985 issue.
  • Thonssen, Lester, Elizabeth Fatherson, and Dorthea Thonssen. Bibliography of Speech Education. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1939. A bibliographical index of literature on speech education. Includes rhetoric, interpretation, and dramatics.
  • Thonssen, Lester, Mary Margaret Robb, and Dorthea Thonssen. Bibliography of Speech Education—Supplement: 1939-1948. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1950.
  • Toastmasters (check with your library for address).
  • Trivium Pursuit's List of National Contests Open to Homeschoolers. Trivium Pursuit, PMB 168, 429 Lake Park Blvd., Muscatine, Iowa 52761.
  • You will find speech textbooks starting at about PN4000 (using the Library of Congress System) in your library.

Sources for Interpretive Readings

  • Bahn, Eugene, and Margaret L. Bahn. A History of Oral Interpretation. Minneapolis, MN: Burgess Publishing Company, 1970. From the classical Greek period to the twentieth century.
  • Bob, Son of Battle by Alfred Ollivant or other books of fiction that are written in a foreign dialog.
  • Deplitch, Edith Martha. Poems of Fun and Fancy for the Little Folks—Arranged for Group Speaking. Boston: Expression Company, 1942.
  • Fairbanks, Grant. Voice and Articulation Drillbook. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940. Includes articulation, pronunciation, breathing, time, pitch, loudness, and voice quality with lots of exercises.
  • Farma, William J., ed. Prose, Poetry and Drama for Oral Interpretation. New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1936.
  • Granger, Edith, ed. An Index to Poetry and Recitations: Being a Practical Reference Manual for the Librarian, Teacher, Bookseller, Elocutionist, etc. Chicago: A. C. McClurg and Co., 1904, 1918, 1929, 1940. These books index the contents of hundreds of volumes , comprising standard and popular collections of poetry, recitations (both prose and verse), orations, drills, dialogues, selections from dramas, etc. all in print at the time of compilation.
  • Hendry, Jim and Shelley. Helps for interpretive reading, drama, and speech (audio and video tapes). Christian homeschooling family. Write for their catalog: His Image Ministries, Box 1715, Clarksville, VA 23927 (804-372-5565).
  • Johnson, Gertrude E. Dialects for Oral Interpretation: Selections and Discussion. New York: The Century Company, 1926. A useable text and source of material in dialect form—suitable both for study for the sake of the dialect, and also to use as good program numbers (Scotch, Italian, Negro, French, Scandinavian, Irish, misc., one act plays in dialect).
  • Kidd, Robert. Voice Culture and Elocution—with numerous exercises in reading and speaking. Wilson, Hinkle and Company, 1857.
  • Lee, Charlotte I. Oral Interpretation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1952, 1959. Table of contents includes: Basic Principles of Oral Interpretation; The Interpretation of Prose; The Interpretation of Drama; The Interpretation of Poetry; A Brief History of Theories of Interpretation; Suggested Material for Oral Interpretation.
  • McGuffey's Readers (or other old readers)
  • McHale, Frank. Pieces That Have Won Prizes. Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1930, 1972. 
  • National Federation of State High School Associations. Coaching Interpretive Events. Collected from decades of experience, this simplistic book cuts to the chase to provide no-nonsense explanations of terms, genre, and strategies for the typical beginning coach. These are helpful tools for the parent and child alike.
  • Parrish, Wayland Maxfield. Reading Aloud. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1932. Includes objectives in the study of oral reading, method in the study of reading, interpretation of attitude, vividness of expression, the reading of verse, voice improvement, pronunciation, the emotional quality in poetry, the imaginative quality in poetry, impersonation and the art of interpretation.
  • Procter, Leslie C. and Gladys Trueblood Stroop, eds. Selections for Public Speaking. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1930.
  • Reeves, James and Norman Culpan. Dialogue and Drama. Boston: Plays, Inc., 1950. A book of passages to read aloud.
  • Rehn, Thane. As I Was Saying: A Competitor's Guide to Individual Events. Debate and speech champion Thane Rehn puts his coaching and participating experience together in this extensive guide to speech competition. Oratory, exposition, interpretation and impromptu are all expanded and elaborated on, making this an invaluable resource for the home school speaker.
  • Shoemaker, Charles C., ed. Choice Dialect and Other Characterizations: Containing Readings and Recitations in Irish, German, Scotch, French, Negro, and other Dialects. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1924.
  • Shoemaker, Mrs. J. W., ed. Shoemaker's Best Selections for Readings and Recitations Series. Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1911.
  • Woods, Ralph L., ed. A Treasury of the Familiar Series. New York: MacMillan Company, 1942. A collection of readings for recitation.
  • One of the best sources for interpretive readings will be your local old book store. Here you will find numerous collections of recitations and readings from the best authors. Choose books published before 1950.
  • Another good source for interpretive readings will be the 808 (Dewey Decimal, literature) section of the library. We recommend books published before 1950.
  • Using the Library of Congress System, oral interpretation is found at PN4145 to PN4180; selections for oral interpretation (including choral readings) start at PN4199; and voice and articulation books start at PN4193.

Debate

  • Chandler, Robert A. "Selected Bibliography on Argumentation and Debate." In Advanced Debate: Readings in Theory, Practice and Teaching. 3rd edition. Edited by David A. Thomas and Jack Hart. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook, 1987.
  • Colburn, Frank E. "The Art of Debate." Old Greenwich, Connecticut: Listening Library. Recorded message by a debate coach.
  • Courtney, Luther W. and Glenn R. Capp. Practical Debating. Chicago: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1949. College debate textbook. Contains an example of a formal debate and a radio debate.
  • Crocker, Lionel. Argumentation and Debate. New York: American Book Company, 1944. Debate textbook. Bibliography of collections of speeches, list of argumentative speeches, resolutions for debate, topics for argumentative speeches, example of a debate brief, and several famous speeches are analyzed for study.
  • The Debater. A newsletter of Jeub Debate Publications. For homeschool debaters.
  • Foster, William Trufant. Argumentation and Debating. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1908. Chapters on: phrasing the proposition, analyzing the proposition, proving the proposition, refuting opposing arguments, constructing the brief, developing the argument from the brief, arousing the emotions, and debating. Also contains exercises for each chapter, specimen brief, specimen forensic, specimen debate, instructions to judges, and a list of propositions.
  • Free Enterprise Institute, 9525 Katy Freeway, Suite 303, Houston, TX 77024 (713-984-1343). "The Free Enterprise Institute is dedicated to promoting the ideals of a free society by teaching the principles of private property, free markets and the rule of law. It accomplishes this mission through seminars, publications and other educational programs for teachers, students, and the general public." This is a good source for debate information.
  • Fryar, Maridell and David A. Thomas. Basic Debate. Skokie, IL: National Textbook Company, 1979. A basic textbook for beginning-level debate students. 
  • Hensley, Dana and Diana Prentice. Mastering Competitive Debate. Caldwell, ID: Clark Publishing, 1982.
  • Holzer, Harold, ed. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates: The First Complete Text.
  • Home School Heartbeat radio broadcasts with Michael P. Farris. Debate Week, Shows 1546-1550. Home School Legal Defense Association, Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134.
  • An Introduction to Argumentation and Debate Video Tape Set with Deborah Haffey, Cedarville College Debate Team Coach. Home School Legal Defense Association, Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134. The first video in this two-video set features a 45-minute lecture on the principles of debate theory; the second tape features an actual debate with comments between speakers. $20.
  • Kay, Jack and Walter Ulrich. Bibliography on Debate Theory and Individual Events. Kansas City: National Federation of State High School Associations, 1990.
  • Kruger, Arthur N. Modern Debate—Its Logic and Strategy. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1960.Textbook with exercises and sample debate.
  • Lahman, Carroll Pollock. Debate Coaching: A Handbook for Teachers and Coaches. New York: The H. W. Wilson, 1930. Judging the debate, speech and debate bibliography, topics for debate.
  • Miller, Marion Mills, ed. Great Debates in American History. New York: Current Literature Publishing Company, 1913.
  • Moulton, Eugene R. The Dynamics of Debate. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1966. Textbook with exercises and questions.
  • Musgrave, George McCoy. Competitive Debate: Rules and Techniques. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1957.
  • National Federation of State High School Associations. Coaching Debate. Collected from decades of experience, this simplistic book cuts to the chase to provide no-nonsense explanations of terms, genre, and strategies for the typical beginning coach. These are helpful tools for the parent and child alike.
  • Nichols, Egbert Ray. Intercollegiate Debate—The Year Book of College Debating—Affirmative and Negative. New York: Noble and Noble. These annuals were published from around 1920 till after WWII. Dozens of debates on numerous topics.
  • O'Neill, James Milton, Craven Laycock, and Robert Leighton Scales. Argumentation and Debate. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. Lists the rules for writing a brief.
  • Pattee, George K. Practical Argumentation. New York: The Century Company, 1909. "Argumentation is the art of presenting truth so that others will accept it and act in accordance with it. Debate is a special form of argumentation: it is oral argumentation carried on by opposing sides."
  • Phelps, Edith M., ed. Debaters' Manual. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1924. How to prepare a debate, how to form and manage a debating society, and a large bibliography on public speaking, argumentation, and debate.
  • Phelps, Edith M. University Debaters Annual—Constructive and Rebuttal Speeches Delivered in Debates of American Colleges and Universities. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company. These annuals were published starting around 1914 till sometime after WWII. Dozens of debates on numerous topics.
  • Sandford, William Phillips and William Hayes Yeager. Problems for Debate Practice. New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1933.
  • Shipe, Christy. An Introduction to Argumentation and Debate. Home School Legal Defense Association, Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134. Published 1997. A basic, easy-to-understand debate textbook written from a Christian, homeschool perspective. If you've never studied debate, here is where to begin. This 83-page text covers all the fundamentals of formal debate, including logic, research, stock issues, affirmative case construction, negative strategies, evidence, and more. $10.
  • Stollar, Ryan Lee. Huh?: An Advance Debate Textbook. This advanced debate textbook is for the Christian high school debater wishing to enhance his argumentation and debate skills and learn new and powerful strategies. Written by debate champ and author.
  • Summers, Harrison Boyd. How to Debate: A Textbook for Beginners. New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1940, 1950, 1963.
  • Wiese, Jeffrey. Lincoln-Douglas Debate: Values in Conflict. Topeka, Kansas: Clark Publishing.
  • Winkler, Carol, William Newnam and David Birdsell. Lines of Argument for Policy Debate. Madison, WI: Brown and Benchmark Publishers, 1993. College level text.
  • Wood, Roy V. and Lynn Goodnight. Strategic Debate. Lincolnwood, IL: National Textbook Company, 1968. A book designed specifically for the academic debater. Easy to understand.
  • Using the Library of Congress System, debate books are found starting at PN4180 in your library.