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SPCH 2800 - Interpretative Performance Communication

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

Interpretative reading of prose, poetry, and drama: single and multiple readings, chamber and reader’s theater, storytelling. Children’s literature, old masters, traditional and contemporary works read from manuscript to achieve interaction of the reader, listener, and material. Develops proficiency in oral reading per individual need (i.e., presentations, announcing, acting, etc.). Portfolio Development Projects included.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to prepare ethical sources of garnered, appropriate literature for the purpose of analysis and performance of the literary text.


  1. Identifies the types of literature suitable for reading aloud (prose, poetry, drama, declamations, short stories, children’s literature, essays, and novels).
  2. Demonstrates the skill of ethical responsibility by properly documenting literature to prevent plagiarism or confusion.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to document skills in analyzing the literary text to convey the meaning of the author, or original works.


  1. Identifies the skills that are necessary to analyze a literary selection that includes the overall theme, purpose, focal point, point of view, structure, organization, and characterizations.
  2. Discover meanings and emotions through imagery, emphasis, pause, intensity, intonation, denotation, and connotation.
  3. Provides a detailed analysis of the literature to demonstrate an understanding of literature.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to produce/rehearse with sensitivity analyzed selections in character(s) for a planned performance program for specific audiences.


  1. Demonstrate how to plan a program for performance with the sender (performer), text (message) receiver (audience) in mind. Elements of time, variety capability, purpose, and overall value will be considered.
  2. Demonstrate how to use various reading formats: solo, duo, group, choral, reader’s theater, chamber theater, storytelling, and narration.
  3. Demonstrate ethical responsibility by enhancing cultural awareness and avoiding ethnocentrism.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to present featured material to a selected audience.


  1. Perform/direct an interpretive piece/program before an audience.
  2. Enhance the speaking voice by using vocal qualities such as volume, pitch, rate, tone, inflection, pronunciation, articulation, dialect, and vocal variety.
  3. Use the appropriate nonverbal skills (kinesics) for a competent delivery.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

Assessments Theory of Group Work
Forming, Norming, Storming, Performing Model
Formation of Cooperative Learning Groups

Outline based on Multiple Sources

  1. Unit One - Basic Principles
    1. Problem(s): What are the basic principles an interpreter performer needs to know?
    2. Theory Base
      1. Historical
      2. Engaging an Audience
      3. Involves Literary Work
      4. Requires Analysis of the Selection
      5. Consideration of Structural Components
      6. Consideration of Aesthetic Components
      7. Requires Rehearsal
      8. Relaxation Technique
      9. Breath Control
      10. Volume and Projection
      11. Pitch and Quality
      12. Rate and Pause
      13. Dialect
      14. Technique
      15. Posture
      16. Gesture
      17. Imagery
      18. Eye Contact
    3. Skill Practice Assessment
    4. Performance
  2. Unit Two - Interpretation of Prose
    1. Problem(s): How does an interpreter present prose?
    2. Theory Base
      1. Style
      2. Types
      3. Narration
      4. Point of View
      5. Action and Plot
      6. Dialogue
      7. Creating Character
      8. Setting
      9. Cutting and Excerpting
      10. Analyzing and Rehearsing
      11. Performance
    3. Skill Practice Assessment
    4. Performance
  3. Unit Three - Interpretation of Drama
    1. Problem(s): How does an interpreter perform drama?
    2. Theory Base
      1. Difference between Acting and Interpretation
      2. Elements of a Play
      3. Analyzing the Scene
      4. Rhythm
      5. Style
      6. Scenography
      7. Properties
      8. Characters
      9. Coordinating Voice and Body
      10. Physical Contact
      11. Physical Focus
    3. Skill Practice Assessment
    4. Performance
  4. Unit Four - Interpretation of Poetry
    1. Problem(s): How does an interpreter present poetry?
    2. Theory Base
      1. Classification of Poetry
      2. Figurative Language
      3. Poetic Syntax
      4. Tone Color
      5. Titles
      6. Analysis and Poems
      7. Kinds of Verse
      8. Stanza
      9. Line
      10. Cadences
      11. Rhyme
      12. Intention and Performance
      13. Analyzing the Rehearsal/Performance
    3. Skill Practice Assessment
    4. Performance
  5. Unit Five - Group Performance of Literature
    1. Problem(s): How does one perform in group interpretation?
    2. Theory Base
      1. Readers Theatre
      2. Chamber Theatre
      3. Film Scripts
      4. Concrete Poetry
      5. Building and Presenting a Program
    3. Skill Practice Assessment
    4. Performance

Primary Faculty
McKenney, Janet
Secondary Faculty
Fox, Janice
Associate Dean
Ternullo, Annette
Pritchett, Marie

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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