I am involved in the Speech team at my high school and I just picked up a new piece from the first 14 pages of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. The intro must have the title and author and something that will interest the listner as well as introduce the piece. If I could find a reoccuring theme or something that's going on in the present that would tie in it would be perfect. However, I am having a hard time finding anything so any suggestions would be sooo good. Thanks
On the opening page of the novel, the narrator introduces the reader to the tree that grows in Francie's yard. The tree is symbolic of the hard, yet hopeful life that Francie lives. So you could use the tree and its symbolic significance to focus the speech.
Describe the tree. Wherever its seeds fall they will struggle to touch the sky. So did the Nolans. Then go on to describe the story of the Nolans