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Field 116: Speech/Drama/Debate 
Preparation Resources

The resources listed below may help you prepare for the CEOE test in this field. These preparation resources have been identified by content experts in the field to provide up-to-date information that relates to the field in general. You may wish to use current issues or editions to obtain information on specific topics for study and review.


  1. OK Full (Subject Matter) Competencies for Licensure and Certification, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  2. Oklahoma Academic Standards for the English Language Arts
  3. Oklahoma Academic Standards for the Fine Arts


  1. The National Journal of Speech & Debate, The Forensics Files
  2. Rostrum, National Speech & Debate Association
  3. Teaching Theatre Magazine, The Educational Theatre Association

Other Resources

  1. Aristotle (2018). The art of rhetoric (R. Waterfield, Trans.). (H. Yunis, Ed.). Oxford University Press.

  2. Ball, D. (2017). Backwards & forwards: A technical manual for reading plays. 3rd edition. Southern Illinois University Press.

  3. Benedetti, R. L. (1984). The director at work. Prentice Hall Publishing.

  4. Bruder, M., Cohn, L. M., Olnek, M., Pollack, N., Previto, R., & Zigler, S. (1986). A practical handbook for the actor. Vintage Books.

  5. Campbell, D. (2016). Technical theater for nontechnical people. (3rd ed.). Allworth Press.

  6. Castagno, P. C. (2012). New playwriting strategies: Language and media in the 21st century (2nd ed.). Routledge Press.

  7. Hayman, R. (1999). How to read a play (2nd ed.). Grove Press.

  8. Heinrichs, J. (2007). Thank you for arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson can teach us about the art of persuasion. Three Rivers Press.

  9. Inch, E. S., & Warnick, B. (1994). Critical thinking and communication: The use of reason in argument. Macmillan Publishing Company.

  10. Kaufman, M., & Pitts McAdams, B. (2018). Moment work: Tectonic Theater Project's process of devising theater. Vintage Books.

  11. Lanham, R. A. (1991). A handlist of rhetorical terms. University of California Press.

  12. Meisner, S., & Longwell, D. (1987). Sanford Meisner on acting. Vintage Books.

  13. Spolin, V. (1999). Improvisation for the theater: A handbook for teaching and directing techniques (3rd ed.). Northwestern University Press.

  14. Wright, M. (1997). Playwriting in process. Heinemann Publishing.

Online Resources

  1. Drama Resource —
  2. Theatrefolk Blog (classroom ideas and exercises for drama teachers) —

Professional Organizations

  1. American Alliance for Theatre & Education —
  2. Educational Theatre Association —
  3. Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance —
  4. National Speech & Debate Association —
  5. Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association —
  6. Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association —
  7. Theatrefolk/Drama Teacher Academy —

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