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News: 
Republic of the Philippines
Department of Education
Region VI – Western Visayas
DIVISION OF SILAY CITY
City of Silay

July 29, 2009
DIVISION MEMORANDUM
No. ____________ s. 2 0 0 9

DIVISION READ-ATHON AND SPEECH FEST

To: Public Schools District Supervisors
Elementary School Principals/Head Teachers
Secondary School Principals/Head Teachers
Heads of Private Schools

1. In line with the DepED Memorandum No. 308, s. 2006, “Conduct of Read-athon Reading Contests for the National Read-athon Project and DepED Memorandum No. 166, s. 2009, the Division of Silay City will conduct the aforecited contest on August 21, 2009 for the Elementary Level and August 22, 2009 for the Secondary Level at the Silay City Public Plaza Covered Court.

2. The contest aims to:
a. Support the “Every-Child A reader Program (ECARP)
b. Determine the best individual and team reader among the elementary and secondary pupils/students
c. Foster a reading culture among pupils and all other DedEd stakeholders
d. Enhance the reading ability of pupils/students
e. Support the existing reading programs of the schools
f. Select participants for Regional Read-A-Thon on September 11, 2009 to be conducted in Iloilo City.

3. For SY 2009-2010, the National Read-A- Thon will be conducted in Filipino for Grade III pupils and in English for Grade V pupils only.

4. The Contest Areas and participants to this contest are as follows:
Elementary : (Aug. 21, 2009, Grade III- Filipino, Grade V- English)
a. Team Reading
b. Story Retelling
c. Oral Reading Interpretation
d. Vocabulary Reading Quiz

Secondary:(Aug. 22, 2009- English only )
a. Character Impersonation
b. Story Retelling
c. Speech Choir
d. Spelling Contest
e. Battle of the Brains (Literary Quiz)

5. Only winners of the District Read-A- Thon will participate in the Division Level.

6. Expenses incident to the implementation of the READ-A-THON program shall be charged against local/school funds.

7. Enlcosed are the guidelines for the implementation of the contest.

8. Immediate and wide dissemination of this memorandum is enjoined.

MILAGROS S. GONZALES, Ph.D., CESO V
OIC- Schools Division Superintendent

Allotment: (4-5-6-7-8)
To be included in the Perpetual Index under the following subjects:

FUNDS READ-A-THON READING CONTEST TRAINING//PROGRAMS

GUIDELINES/MECHANICS FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE READ-THON (Elem.)

A. Team Reading

1. Upon identification as contestants, pupils will be given one (1) grade III level Filipino selection/story and Grade V- English selection/story pre-identified by the Read-A- Thon ES I’s in-charge.

2. Each team will be given a half-day to read the books. Coaches/chaperons will not be allowed to interact with their teams during reading time.

3. At a designated time, all teams will be convened at the contest proper venue.

4. A Quiz Master will ask three (3) rounds of 6 Comprehension Questions per round about the prescribed books with the following categorization:

FIRST ROUND (EASY) - 6 questions
SECOND ROUND (AVERAGE) - 6 questions
THIRD ROUND (DIFFICULT) - 6 questions

5. The team with the most number of correctly answered questions wins. The team with the second highest correctly answered questions will be the second placer while the team with the third highest score will be the third placer.

B. Vocabulary Reading Quiz
1. Each team will be given one hour to read the selection/story. Coaches/chaperons will not be allowed to interact with their teams during reading time.

2. A quiz master shall ask 20 vocabulary type questions classified as easy, average and difficult.

3. Contestants are given 10 seconds to answer each question. They are to write each of their answers on a slate to be appreciated by the judges.

4. Contestants shall be ranked according to their scores after the 20 questions have been asked.

5. The top three 3) contestants with the most number of correct answers shall be declared winners.

C. Story Retelling

1. In story retelling, the contestants are judged according to their ability to recall and retell the story read.

2. The official coach of each team shall select the best story teller from among the 3 members to compete for the Best in Story Retelling Award. The chosen member shall no longer compete in other contests.

3. The contestants shall retell the same story identified by the judges. Each contestant shall be given One hour to read the story and 5 minutes to retell it.

4. The winners will be chosen by the panel of judges during the contest proper.

a. Story Content- accuracy of recalled events, organization of events/ideas including making
inference from texts and accurate outlining of the sequence of events as they happened in the story.
b. Mechanics- includes voice projection and expression, audience impact and level of
confidence.

5.The contestants shall be ranked and the top three (3) winners shall be determined.

D. Oral Reading Interpretation

1. In oral interpretation, the contestants will be asked to read aloud a story from a story book. They are judged according to their ability to read orally with accuracy and correct oral interpretation.

2. The official coach of each team shall select the best reader from among the 3 members to compete for the Best in Oral Interpretation award. The chosen member should no longer compete in other contests.

3. The contestants shall read orally the same story identified by the judges, one at a time.

4. The winners will be chosen by the panel of judges based on the general criteria below. Specific criteria will be drawn by the panel of judges during the contest proper.

a. Interpretation – use of appropriate vocal expression including proper phrasing, timing and pacing.
b. Projection – voice mechanics and level of confidence
c. Technical reading- number of words read accurately

5.The contestants shall be ranked and the top three (3) winners shall be determined.

(mbb)

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Day 1 (Thursday)

7:30 – 8:00 - REGISTRATION

8:00 – 8:30 - OPENING PROGRAM

8:30- 12:00 - CONTEST PROPER ( GRADE V- English)

• Story Retelling
• Oral Reading Interpretation
• Vocabulary Reading Quiz
• Team Reading

1:30 – 5:00 – (Grade III- Filipino )

• Story Retelling
• Oral Reading Interpretation
• Vocabulary Reading Quiz
• Team Reading

Day 2 (Friday)

7:30 – 8:00 - REGISTRATION

8:00 – 8:30 - ORIENTATION OF THE MECHANICS OF THE CONTEST

8:30- 12:00 - CONTEST PROPER ( Secondary- English)

a. Character Impersonation
b. Story Retelling
c. Speech Choir
1:30 – 3:30
d. Spelling Contest
e. Battle of the Brains (Literary Quiz)

3:30 – 5:00 - Announcement of Winners (MC- Jeruhwell Pedroso)

GUIDELINES/MECHANICS FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE READ-THON (Secondary)
• The contests are open to all bonafide students from public and private schools.
• Each school must choose the best participant/s to represent the school.
• The decision of the board of judges is final.

1. SPELLING CONTEST
• The School English Coordinator must submit to the Contest Manager, list of 5 words per category not later than August 15, 2009. (easy, average, difficult, clincher)
Spelling Words (American/British)
Pronunciation (American/British)
Meaning
Sample Sentence using the word
Source
• The Chairman of the Spelling Contest will prepare the final list of words for the contest.
• Each word in the final list will be drawn by lottery during the contest.
• Mechanics:
a. All contestants will spell same set of words in writing. Before a word is read, the contestants will raise their pentel pens /chalks first.
b. The word will be read twice by the quizmaster. After the second reading, the quizmaster will say “go” only then will the contestants be allowed to write their answer. Automatically, the ten seconds time limit begin with the word “go” by the quizmaster.
c. After the time limit, the bell rings, the contestants should stop writing and show their strips of paper with their answers to the judges.
d. Judges declare correct winners.
e. Point system will be used. Scores will be reflected in the tally sheet.
f. There will be four rounds: EASY, AVERAGE, DIFFICULT, and CLINCHER (in case of tie)
g. Five (5) words will be spelled for each round. Except in the clincher round, there will be as many words to be spelled until the tie is broken.
h. Points are assigned for each category:
EASY - 1 pt.
AVERAGE - 2 pts.
DIFFICULT - 3 pts.
CLINCHER - 5 pts.
i. Contestant who gets the highest points will be declared winner.
j. American pronunciation will be used but American or British spelling will be accepted.
k. Official trainers can only file protest immediately after the declaration of the correct spelling by the judges.

2. VERSE/SPEECH CHOIR
• Prose or poetry/any literary piece may be an entry
• Minimum of 20 pax – maximum of 30
• Performance on stage is 5-7 minutes; 1 pt. deduction per 30 seconds exceed
• Criteria -
-Interpretation - 30 %
-Diction/Pronunciation - 30 %
- Oneness/Precision of Movement - 20%
- Stage Presence/` - 10%
- Costume - 10%
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TOTAL - 100 %

3. STORY RETELLING
1. In story retelling, the contestants are judged according to their ability to recall and retell the story
read.
2. The official coach of each team shall select the best story teller from among the 3 members to
compete for the Best in Story Retelling Award. The chosen member shall no longer compete in other contests.
3. The contestants shall retell the same story identified by the judges. Each contestant shall be given
One hour to read the story and 5 minutes to retell it.
4. The winners will be chosen by the panel of judges during the contest proper.
a. Story Content- accuracy of recalled events, organization of events/ideas including making
inference from texts and accurate outlining of the sequence of events as they happened in the story.
b. Mechanics- includes voice projection and expression, audience impact and level of
confidence.
5.The contestants shall be ranked and the top three (3) winners shall be determined.

3. BATTLE OF THE BRAINS
• Contestants must be bonafide students of the school where he represents.
• Each school should select 3 contestants and must be screened/recommended by the school committee.
• Content of the quiz will be taken from classical literary pieces.
• The contest manager will take charge of the preparation of the items for the easy, average, difficult and clincher rounds.
• Points are assigned for each category:
EASY - 1 pt.
AVERAGE - 2 pts.
DIFFICULT - 3 pts.
CLINCHER - 5 pts.

• Contestant who gets the highest points will be declared the winner.
• American pronunciation will be used but the American or British spelling will be accepted.
• Official trainers can only file protest immediately after the declaration of the correct answer by the judges.

4. CHARACTER IMPERSONATION
• Contestants must be bonafide students of the school where he represents.
• Characters to be impersonated may be taken from an excerpt of a piece- prose, poetry or any literary work. Classical pieces are encouraged.
• Costumes, back-up, sounds or props may be provided to enhance the performance.
• Performance time is 3- 5 minutes only; 1 pt. deduction for every 30 sec. exceed
• Criteria:
Interpretation - 30 %
Diction/Pronunciation - 30 %
Appropriacy to the char. - 20%
Stage Presence - 10%
Costume - 10%
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TOTAL - 100 %

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