Narrative Speech Directions
Delivery due 12/16 & 12/18
Telling Stories is an important form of communication
that gives us not only enjoyment but also a way of understanding
our lives. Stories organize our world, allow us to learn
without suffering the real consequences, preserve
what matters to us, entertain us while stretching our
mental capacities, promote creativity, and connect each
person involved in listening to the story. In all these
types of stories, the underlying function is to convince
the audience to accept or believe the point of our narrative.
An effective speaker is one who can transform an everyday
story event into a larger theme which transcends differences
in geography, culture, social status, gender, and language.
This is the challenge for you in this assignment.
Stories are characterized by a plot that involves characters,
events, narrative tensions, and resolution. Oral stories
give listeners a sense of action and drama by developing
characterizations, dialogue, vivid descriptions, and using
animated delivery. Emotional sincerity and involvement
are hallmarks of a good storyteller.
For this assignment, you will tell a 2-3 minute story
that has a moral. You may construct a story from your
own experience or adapt one you already know. The purpose
of your story telling is to illustrate the importance
of the moral for this audience and persuade them to accept
your moral. Start by thinking about why the audience might
find the point of your story important or instructive.
Remember that you need to choose a narrative that is appropriate
for this audience and setting.
The introduction should set a context that will help the
audience realize the importance of the moral for their
lives. This may entail giving details of the setting or
characters, setting the story in a larger context, or
even telling the audience what the point of the story
The story itself should be carefully constructed so that
you give descriptive details, but do not ramble. Language
choices, delivery techniques, and dramatic vocals must
be chosen to lend interest and animation to your story.
Your story should have internal coherence, with characters,
plot lines, and morals that make sense to listeners.
The conclusion of your story should be carefully thought
out and worded since it is your chance to leave a lasting
impression with your audience. It should make the lesson
or significance of the moral clear to the audience.
This speech will be graded on your ability to follow the
above directions, as well as on your outline, your language
choices, and your delivery (voice and body). Remember
that practice makes extemporaneous speaking possible!
Your outline should be brief notes that guide you through
the following information necessary to tell an effective
of character(s) and background
(should be a carefully worded, memorable line)