|Assignment Item||Due Date|
|Speech (5–6 min.)||Saturday|
You’ve learned a lot about effective speaking and you’re already working on improving your delivery skills. It’s time to take the next step toward becoming a powerful speaker! Your second assignment is to prepare and deliver a well-researched, informative speech. Everything you’ve read and practiced so far in this course relates directly to successful informative speaking.
Instructions: In order to obtain full credit for this assignment, please complete all five (5) steps below. You may want to print this assignment and check off each step as you complete it.
You should use at least two quality resources (as defined by your instructor).
STEP 1: Read Assigned Chapters
· Ensure you have completed chapter readings for all previous weeks. This information will help you successfully complete Assignment 2.
· Chapter 9: Organizing the Body of the Speech. This chapter will help you create a wellorganized speech that connects with your audience.
· Chapter 10: Beginning and Ending the Speech. This chapter will help you prepare a strong introduction and conclusion for your speech.
· Select a type of informative speech from one of the four types listed below. Choose your own topic that is different from the provided examples.
· Submit your topic to your instructor for approval.
|Types of Informative Speeches
(Choose only one type and then choose your own topic that differs from the examples.)
|Speech About an Object
· Service dogs
· Susan B. Anthony
|Speech About a Process
· Flash floods
· Writing resumes
· How a power plant works
· The stages of dementia
|Speech About an Event
· Boston Marathon
· Festival of the Sun
· History of the Paralympics
|Speech About a Concept
· Philosophies of education
· Net neutrality
STEP 3: Create an Outline (due Saturday)
· Create an outline or speaking notes in Microsoft Word. A sample template is available in the “Assignment 2: Outline” section located in of your course.
· Develop a specific purpose, central idea, and several main points so you’ll stay within the 6-minute time limit.
· Go to the “Assignment 2: Outline” section and upload your outline. The outline is worth 30 points and is graded separately.
STEP 4: Deliver, Record, and Upload Your Speech (due Saturday)
· Go to the “Assignment 2: Informative Speech” section and click the link under
“Instructions” to access Speech Assignment Submission Instructions.
· Refer to your outline or speaking notes to deliver your speech. Do not read your notes word for word. Make sure you record your speech delivery with a computer, phone, or tablet.
· Watch your recording. Do you want to submit it, or do you want to record another version?
· Go to the “Assignment 2: Informative Speech” section and upload your speech. For additional help recording and uploading your speech, go to the “Course Tool
Help” link in the left-hand navigation bar in Blackboard and review the Speech
Assignment Submission Guide located under “Kaltura Media and Webcam Recorder Help.”
STEP 5: Complete a Self-Review (due Saturday)
· Go to the “Assignment 2: Self Review” section.
· Follow the instructions listed to complete and submit your Self Review of Assignment 2. The self-review is worth 30 points and is graded separately.
Grading for this assignment will be based on the following rubric:
|Points: 120||Assignment 2: Informative Speech|
|Criteria||Unacceptable Below 60% F||Meets
60 – 69% D
|Fair 70 – 79% C||Exemplary 90 – 100% A|
|Proficient 80 – 89% B|
|1. Introduction||Does not gain attention and||Insufficiently gains attention||Some problems with gaining||Gains attention and||Gains attention and interest,|
|Weight: 10%||interest, and/or does not preview main points||and interest or insufficiently previews main points||attention and interest and/or with previewing main points||interest, generally previews main points||previews main points|
|Does not cite any credible sources, and/or
insufficiently supports main points
|Cites only one credible source, insufficiently supports at least one main point||Cites at least two credible sources, but lacks support for at least one main point||Cites at least two credible sources that generally support main points||Cites at least two credible sources that support main points|
|Does not reinforce central idea, and/or does not use strong closing||Insufficiently reinforces central idea or uses weak closing||Some problems
with reinforcing central idea and/or with using strong closing
|Reinforces central idea, uses generally
|Reinforces central idea, uses strong closing|
|Limited or no organization, and/or limited or no logical structure||Insufficiently organized or insufficiently structured||Some problems with organization and/or with logical structure||Well organized, generally logical structure||Well organized, logical structure|
+/- 75 seconds
|5–6 minutes +/-
|5–6 minutes +/-
+/- 30 seconds
|5–6 minutes +/- 15 seconds|
|Very little/no eye contact, no expressive
|Insufficient eye contact, limited expressive voice and/or unnatural gestures||Average eye contact, some expressive voice, minimally distracting
|Good eye contact, generally expressive voice and natural gestures||Strong eye contact, expressive voice, and natural
|7. Technology Use [Online], Speech Clarity, and Visual
|Limited or no audio, video, and/or other technology||Problems with clarity and consistency throughout||Some problems with clarity and consistency||Generally clear and
|Clear and consistent
|Doesn’t connect with audience or achieve purpose||Limited connection with audience,
doesn’t fully achieve purpose
|Connects somewhat with
|Generally connects with audience and achieves purpose||Connects well with audience and achieves purpose|