Oral Language

Schools all over Kern County participate in the Oral Language Festival, a competitive event where students in grades 4-8 perform interpretations of a piece of literature in front of an audience.

These are the 6 categories:

  • Serious Solo
  • Humorous Solo
  • Serious Duo – 2 students
  • Humorous Duo – 2 students
  • Verse Choir – 3 to 6 students
  • Impromptu Speech

Explanation: Literature selections must be published works that are available to all students. Selections that are found only in distributions, such as organizational newsletters, the Internet, and regional newspapers are not acceptable, because they are not available to all grade 4-8 students. That means most published works are appropriate for Oral Language texts and you can choose any book you like! Selections must be 3-5 minutes in length, so take a book you like and edit it to the appropriate length.
New books come out all the time, so choose something you love that fits the criteria of one of the categories. Looking in the Children’s section for picture books is a good place to start if you are having trouble thinking of a title. Literature selections should be appropriate for age, event, and presentation to a community audience. Be sure to check out YouTube for videos of past Oral Language winners!

Here are some subject suggestions to use when searching our catalog: Humorous Stories, Humorous Stories – Juvenile Fiction, Folklore, Poetry.

Links & Resources

Book Name Author
Parts Arnold, Tedd
More Parts Arnold, Tedd
The Strange and Wonderful Tale of Robert McDoodle: The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Dog Bauer, Steven
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair Bernheimer, Kate
A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea Black, Micheal Ian
Humorous Monologues Bolton, Martha
Never Ask a Bear Bonnet-Rampersaud, Louise
Would I Ever Lie to You Beuhner, Caralyn
Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type Cronin, Doreen
Dirty Joe, the Pirate Harley, Bill
Some Things are Scary Heide, Florence Parry
The Book of Bad Ideas Huliska-Beith, Laura
Cinder Edna Jackson, Ellen
Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella Johnston, Tony
So What’s It Like to be a Cat Kuskin, Karla
The Night I Followed the Dog Laden, Nina
Cousin Ruth’s Tooth MacDonald, Amy
The Recess Queen O’Neill, Alexis
Bedhead Palantini, Margi
Piggie Pie Palantini, Margi
Sweet Tooth Palantini, Margi
Dragons Love Tacos Rubin, Adam
The Monster Who Ate My Peas Schnitzlein, Danny
Squids Will be Squids Scieszka, Jon
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Scieszka, Jon
The Frog Prince Continued Scieszka, Jon
Knucklehead Scieszka, Jon
I am Not Going to Get Up Today Seuss, Dr
Stand Back Said Elephant I’m Going to Sneeze Thomas, Patricia
Falling for Rapunzel Wilcox, Leah
Waking Beauty Wilcox, Leah
Hippospotamus Willis, Jeanne
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day Viorst, Judith
Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday Viorst, Judith
Earrings Viorst, Judith
Rosie and Michael Viorst, Judith
Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest Viorst, Judith
RAPunzel: A Happenin Tale Vozar, David
Sleeping Ugly Yolen, Jane
It Could Always Be Worse Zemach, Margot
Book Name Author
Little Match Girl Andersen, H.C.
In the Ghetto: Teens Who Survived the Ghettos of the Holocaust Ayer, Eleanor H.
Great Slave Narratives Bontemps, Arna
A Day’s Work Bunting, Eve
Fly Away Home Bunting, Eve
The Wall Bunting, Eve
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf Buscaglia, Leo
Competition Monologues II Various
The Rough Face Girl Martin, Rafe
The Highwayman Noyes, Alfred
The Giving Tree Silverstein, Shel
Casey at the Bat Thayer, Ernest L
Our Town Wilder, Thornton
The Polar Express Van Allsburg, Chris