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I am a graduate of Southern Nazarene University AND Holland High School (shout out, Class of '98!). My supportive, tech-y husband, Chad, rescues me when I've been baffled by a piece of technology and helps me wrangle our two minions, Allie and CJ. Holland High has always been home and I returned to teach English, Theatre, Speech, Junior sponsor, cake-bake, American Legion Meal feed, concession stand work, U.I.L. coach, and support any and every Hornet team!
STAAR EOC Review & Resources
In poetry interpretation, you’ll choose a selection that fits in the given category to present to an audience.
emphasizes literary analysis through expressive oral reading.
The purpose of this contest is to encourage the student to understand, experience and share poetry through the
art of oral interpretation. The goals of this contest are to encourage the contestant’s exploration of a variety of
literary selections, and to enhance the performer’s and audience’s appreciation of literature through the
performer’s interpretation of the work.
Those with a flare for expressive oral reading have a chance to combine their passions in this event. You’ll select a piece of
prose in a given category, then carefully explore the art of expressing it orally before an audience.
This contest encourages the student to understand, experience and share prose works through the art of oral
interpretation. It encourages the contestant’s exploration of a variety of literary selections and enhances the
performer’s and audience’s appreciation of literature through the performer’s interpretation of the work.
Prose & Poetry Classroom Page
This contest is all about watching the clock and knowing your material. You’ll draw a current event and have 30 minutes to
comb through files you’ve collected throughout the year. Then you’ll present a speech that informs your audience on all
aspects of the current event you’ve researched.
The purpose of informative speaking is to stimulate an active interest in current affairs at the state, national and
international levels, and to teach the student to present extemporaneously in a clear and impartial manner the
facts about a subject as they appear in the best available sources of information. This contest is an exercise in clear
thinking and informing the public on the issues and concerns of the American people. The objective is to present
information in an interesting way, and an attempt should not be made to change the listener’s mind beyond
presenting the information.
Similar to informative speaking, in this contest you have 30 minutes to review your research files on a particular current
event and come to a conclusion to argue about that topic. The goal of your speech is not just to present relevant
information, but to convince your audience that your position is solid.
This contest trains students to analyze a current issue, determine a point of view, and organize and deliver a
speech that seeks to persuade listeners. The objective is to reinforce the views of listeners who already believe as
the speaker does, but even more so, to bring those of neutral or opposing views around to the speaker’s beliefs or
proposed course of action. This contest should especially appeal to those who have a strong argumentative urge
and who wish to advocate reforms or outline solutions to current problems.
Spelling & Vocabulary
Whether you’ve already aced the SAT verbal section or you could use some extra practice, this contest keeps you focused on
the details. By the end, you may be correcting your teachers’ spelling and using words your coach has never heard.
The Spelling & Vocabulary Contest promotes precise and effective use of words. The three-part contest consists
of multiple-choice questions covering proofreading and vocabulary, and words that are written from dictation. The
vocabulary-building and spelling components of the contest are important complements to the high school
academic curriculum and are indicative of vocabulary words contained on standardized tests such as SAT, PSAT
2017-2017 Spelling & Vocabulary List
Quizlet Practice Sets
Director - Ms. Gilley
OAP Classroom Page
UIL OAP Webpage
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