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Persuasive Speech Rubric

Instructor: Derek Hughes
Rubrics are useful tools for setting expectations and assessing a variety of student assignments. This lesson will provide you with a template off of which you can design your own persuasive speech rubric.

Persuasive Speeches

This lesson is the best tool you could use to design your rubric for assessing students' persuasive speeches. It will be specific enough to help set expectations for your students while general enough so that you can make changes to fit a variety of persuasive speech activities. If you're unaware, a persuasive speech is one in which you attempt to convince your audience that a certain point of view or idea is better than another. This lesson will detail how you can design a rubric to both set expectations for your students and assess their performance on a persuasive speech activity.

Organization and Scale

Every rubric, no matter what it is used to assess, will have several categories of performance as well as a point scale. The rubric designed in this lesson will have five categories, each scored on a 4 point scale (0-3). You will also see questions you can include on a student checklist to help set your expectations for their performance and allow them to monitor their work.

The Persuasive Rubric

This rubric will be scored based on five categories: Introduction, Argument, Performance, Conclusion, and Overall Delivery. As mentioned, it will use a 4 point scale: exceeds expectations, meets expectations, satisfactory, and needs improvement.

Introduction

Exceeds Expectations: Student introduced argument effectively and clearly laid out the various points that would be discussed

Meets Expectations: Student introduced argument and laid out the various points that would be discussed

Satisfactory: Student introduced argument but did not lay out any points that would be discussed

Needs Improvement: No introduction

Checklist question: Did I write a clear introduction that effectively lays out each point I am going to address in my speech?

Argument

Exceeds Expectations: Student had 4 or more convincing arguments reinforced with excellent research and facts

Meets Expectations: Student had 4 or more arguments reinforced with some research and facts

Satisfactory: Student had 3-4 arguments reinforced with some research and facts

Needs Improvement: Student had fewer than 3 arguments back by very little research

Checklist question: Do I have at least 4 arguments? Do I have facts and research to reinforce each of my arguments?

Performance

Exceeds Expectations: Student spoke clearly and at an appropriate rate. Student sounded excited and passionate about the argument being made through the entire speech.

Meets Expectations: Student spoke clearly and at an appropriate rate. Student sounded excited and passionate about the argument being made through some of the speech.

Satisfactory: Student spoke clearly and at an appropriate rate through most of the speech. Student sound excited and passionate through very little of the speech.

Needs Improvement: Student was difficult to understand and spoke too quickly. Little to no excitement or passion was shown about the arguments being made.

Checklist Question: Have I practiced speaking clearly and at a good rate? Do I know how to sound excited and passionate about the argument I am making?

Conclusion

Exceeds Expectations: Student concluded the speech by restating the position and summarizing key points. Student was able to answer almost all questions asked about their argument.

Meets Expectations: Student concluded the speech with some restatement and summation of key points. Student was able to answer some questions asked about their argument.

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