Topic selection and outline due Tuesday 1/25
Speeches delivered Thursday 1/27 and Tuesday 2/1
"I have a task and that is talking to you. You have
a task and that is listening to me. I hope you do not
finish before I do." -Author unknown
This speech assumes that you will build off the skills
and strategies, such as introductions and conclusions,
that we have already covered. The emphasis of this assignment
is on your effective use of supporting materials (chapter
7), the clarity and usefulness of your visual aids (chapter
12), and your ability to communicate information to the
audience in a strategically organized and effective manner
(chapter 8). You must also keep in mind the audiences
interests, experiences, knowledge, expectations, and sensitivities
You may give this speech about objects, people, events,
processes, complex ideas/concepts, or issues (though you
must keep in mind the purpose is informative, not persuasive).
This speech should be 5-6 minutes in length. It is worth
20% of your final grade.
This assignment requires researched support for the claims
you develop. Evidence can include facts, statistics, and
definitions, as well as testimonies, narrative accounts,
and quotations or paraphrases. Be careful that your supporting
materials are relevant, recent, and credible. You should
use at least two references beyond your own experiences
and those of your friends and family.
Your visual aid needs to be helpful for the audience in
supporting or explaining informative aspects of your speech.
Use the suggestions offered in chapter 12 of the text
for help in develop this aid(s). Think carefully about
the information you place on it, how you design it, and
when you will choose to use it in the speech. Practice
with the visual!
Before you get into researching and organizing your speech
too deeply, you will need to turn in a brief outline to
help ensure that you have narrowed your topic sufficiently.
While narrowing your topic, you will want to consider
the general purpose of an informative speech: will you
offer novel or new information, extend existing understandings,
or update information?
The outline should follow the general guidelines, but
in addition, it should identify where you will use your
visual aid(s) and include your references in MLA or APA
style at the bottom or on a separate sheet.
Checklist for grading:
& approach appropriate for audience
new or expanded information about topic
of at least 2 outside sources
material relevant, recent, & credible
of helpful, appropriate visual aid(s)
to follow organizational structure
5-6 minute time limit
outline which includes reference citations