Speech Materials




Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to share ideas and information with the audience by describing and explaining a topic of interest to you. Through this speech, you will have the opportunity to “teach” us something.  Your speech should inform the audience on a subject that has some significance to them (a public issue, not personal) and be at a depth that we will find truly informative.

Description: This speech should be 4-6 minutes in length. (Get with a buddy for time cues– DO NOT miss the mark on this!)  This is a formal, graded speech and a copy of a comprehensive preparation outline, featuring 3-5 main points, are required. These are due the day you deliver your speech. In addition, a visual aid and at least three supporting sources (listed in a “References” section and cited in APA style only) are required for this speech.  Sources should be cited within the speech as supporting material for any claims that are made or data that are cited. I will also be collecting your notecards.

Evaluation: This speech is worth 50 points of your final grade. The preparation outline and note cards are important elements included in this grade (15 points). Please remember that we practice extemporaneous speaking, not manuscript presentation. Your speech will be graded on content, organization and delivery style. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • Does my choice of topic demonstrate awareness and understanding of my audience through audience analysis?
  • Does my introduction capture the attention of my audience and provide a clear statement of my thesis and preview my main points?
  • Is my speech well organized and easy to follow with smooth transitions?
  • Do I support my thesis with adequate supporting evidence?
  • Do I have a visual aid that enhances the presentation of material in my speech?
  • Do I present the information in a well-articulated manner with a strong delivery style?
  • Do I restate my thesis and clearly signal my conclusion?
  • Do I remember that my key purpose is to inform, not to persuade?

Remember, the goal of this speech is not to persuade on an issue of controversy; rather it is to educate your audience on a subject of some substance.  Be creative and choose a topic that really interests you and that you think your audience would benefit to learn more about.


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