Comm. 1113 - Introduction to Speech - DESCRIPTION OF SPEECH ASSIGNMENTS

Introductory speech


The objectives for this assignment are for a student:

    (1) to introduce him/herself through sharing something which makes him/her unique,

    (2) to use the major structural features of a speech (i.e., introduction, body, conclusion) to organize his/her speech, and

    (3) to select and narrow a topic. Your task is to:

          (a) Orally present a speech which answers the question, "What is it that has made you a unique person?" (e.g., early
               environment; a significant person; some unusual experience; meaningful activity or hobby; lessons learned at
               work; specific goals or purpose in life; cherished value, principle, or conviction).

          (b) Limit the speech to between 2-4 minutes in length.

          (c) Create the message so that it contains:

               (1) An introduction which

                    (i) gains the attention of your audience, in a manner relevant to your topic and

                   (ii) contains a thesis statement in which you tell your audience precisely what you are going to talk about.

               (2) A body which has 2 - 3 main points which are clearly identifiable and supported.

               (3) A conclusion which summarizes what has been said and brings the speech to a satisfying close.

          (d) Construct a formal outline of the speech that reflects the structure/substructure of the body of your speech.


Speech 1 Introductory Speech Evaluation Form

Speaker's Name

1. Did the INTRODUCTION effectively gain the audience's attention?

2. Was the THESIS STATEMENT clearly stated?

3. BODY Were there 2 - 3 points which were clearly distinguishable? Were the points well supported?

4. CONCLUSION Did the conclusion summarize the speech effectively? Did it end the speech satisfactorily?

5. Was the speech between 2 - 4 minutes in TIME?

6. Turn in a formal outline of the speech


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2. Expository (informative) speech


This speech focuses on developing the skills needed to research and use adequate resource material. Particular attention should be paid to the selection of a relevant topic and materials for this audience, as well as adequate supporting materials and clear organization. A possible approach would be for a student to present a "pro-con" speech, in which both sides of an issue are presented equally.

Your task is to:

(a) Orally present an informative speech on a topic of your choice which is of significance and interest to you and your
      audience.

(b) Limit your speech to 4 - 7 minutes in length.

(c) Create a message which contains:

     (1) An introduction which

          (i) gains the attention of the audience,


         (ii) makes the topic relevant to the audience, and


        (iii) clearly states your purpose or thesis statement.

    (2) Transitions which

         (i) overview your major points,


        (ii) review the previous points in the body moving on to the next point, and


       (iii) preview the next point before moving into a description of that point.


    (3) A body which effectively uses one of the organizational arrangements discussed in class.


    (4) A body with at least three forms of support for each main point of the body. You should use at least three different
         types of support (e.g., illustrations, statistics, comparisons, testimony). [GOAL: to have adequate supporting material
         and to develop information sufficiently]

    (5) A body with 2 - 5 main points.

    (6) Verbal citations of the sources used in a speech, integrated with the materials as they are used.

    (7) A conclusion which

         (i) provides logical and psychological closure and

         (ii) clinches the speech.

(d) Work for an effective language style (e.g., concise, clear, concrete).

(e) Work for a delivery

    (1) which is vocally and physically effective and

    (2) which uses the extemporaneous mode effectively.

(f) Turn in a bibliography with at least five sources used in your speech preparation, in proper bibliographic format (e.g.,
     MLA, APA).

(g) Turn in a formal outline of the whole speech.

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Speech 2 Informative Speech Evaluation Form

Speaker's Name

1. Introduction (15 points)

     Did the introduction effectively:
 
        a. gain the audience's attention?
        b. make the topic relevant to the audience?
        c. state the purpose or thesis statement?

2. Transitions (5 points)--Were they effectively used to preview and review?

3. Body (30 points)

    Clear organizational pattern, with 2 - 5 main points?

    Enough information for audience understanding? (At least three forms of support for each main point?)

    Adequate source citations?

4. Conclusion (10 points) Did the conclusion effectively:

      a. provide logical and psychological closure?
      b. clinch the speech?

5. Language Style (5 points)

     Was language style

        (a) clear?
        (b) concise?
        (c) concrete?
        (d) colorful?
        (e) correct?

6. Delivery (25 points)

    Adequate eye contact?

    Sufficient variety and emphasis?

    Nonverbals support verbal message?

    General effectiveness with extemporaneous delivery from key-word outline?

7. Outline and Bibliography (10 points)

8. Time
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3. Persuasive speech


This speech can be either a speech to convince or actuate. Particular attention should be paid to use of adequate evidence and reasoning, as well as the use of the best organizational pattern and materials for the majority audience opinion held toward the purpose of the speech. Also, focus on a convincing delivery. Your task is to:

(a) Orally present a speech persuading your audience to believe or do something which is of significance.

(b) Limit your speech to 5 - 7 minutes in length.

(c) Create a message which contains:

      (1) An introduction which

           (i) gains the attention of the audience and

          (ii) makes the topic relevant to the audience.

     (2) A purpose or thesis statement stated clearly somewhere in the speech before the conclusion. (Where it is placed will
          be dependent on what attitude the audience holds toward what you are persuading them to do or believe.)

     (3) Transitions which

          (i) overview your major points,

         (ii) review the previous points in the body before moving on to the next point, and

        (iii) preview the next point before moving into a description of that point.

    (4) A body which uses an effective organizational pattern for arranging the main arguments/points of your speech. (This
         also should be determined by the audience's attitude toward your topic.)

    (5) Strong and logical arguments, supported by adequate supporting material and at least one of the four patterns of
         reasoning (i.e., inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, causal reasoning, and reasoning by analogy) which avoids
         common reasoning fallacies (e.g., ad hominem arguments).

    (6) Motivational, needs-related, and/or emotional appeals in materials and language used.

    (7) Verbal citations of sources used.

    (8) A conclusion which

         (i) provides logical and psychological closure and
    
        (ii) clinches the speech.

(d) Work for an effective language style (e.g., clear, concrete, colorful).

(e) Work for a convincing and charismatic extemporaneous delivery, both vocally and physically.

(f) Turn in a bibliography of at least five sources used in your speech.

(g) Turn in a formal outline of your whole speech.

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Speech 3 Persuasive Speech Evaluation Form



Speaker's Name



1. Introduction (10 points)

    Did the introduction effectively:

    a. gain the audience's attention?
    b. make the topic relevant to the audience?
    c. overview the major points?

2. Transitions (5 points)--Were they effectively used to preview and review?

3. Purpose/Thesis (5 points)--Was it clearly stated before the conclusion?

4. Body (30 points) Effective organizational pattern for this audience? Strong and logical arguments?

    a. Used at least one pattern of reasoning effectively?
    b. Avoided common reasoning fallacies?

    Adequate source material?

    Adequate source citations?

    Effective use of motivational, needs-related, and/or emotional appeals?

5. Conclusion (10 points) Did the conclusion effectively:

    a. provide logical and psychological closure?

    b. clinch the speech?

6. Language Style (5 points)

    Was language style

     (a) clear?
     (b) colorful?
     (c) concrete?
     (d) concrete?
     (e) concise?

7. Delivery (25 points)

    Adequate eye contact?

    Sufficient variety and emphasis?

    Nonverbals support verbal message?

    Charismatic and convincing?

    General effectiveness with extemporaneous delivery from key-word outline?

8. Outline and Bibliography (10 points)


9. Time TOTAL