Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Public speaking is a skill that everyone needs at some point in their academic or professional career. In this course, you learned how to research, outline, and deliver different types of speeches. For this assignment, please prepare and deliver a 5-10-minute informative speech with accompanying visual aids. Here are some guidelines to follow for your project:
- Choose an appropriate topic for an informative speech. We recommend choosing a topic you're familiar enough with that you can comfortably fill a 5-10-minute time period. Remember that the purpose of an informative speech is to educate those listening to you on your topic of choice. Informative speeches can be about objects, processes, concepts or an event.
- Choose appropriate visual aids that would work best for your presentation, such as slideshows, poster boards, demonstrations, etc. If you choose to do a slideshow, please use PowerPoint or a suitable alternative (such as Google Slides).
- Record yourself delivering your speech using a camera and save the recording. Your computer webcam should work just fine. Make sure you set up the recording to capture your gestures and expressions.
- You may refer to notes or index cards during the speech; however, please be sure to maintain eye contact with the camera.
- Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches
- Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern
- Preparing Visual Aids for a Speech: Guidelines & Tips
- Informative Speaking: Purpose and Types
- Helping Your Audience Learn During Informative Speeches: Strategies & Tips
Please use at least two reputable sources, especially to support any facts, figures, data, or statistics you use. These sources should be properly cited in APA format in your presentation, slideshow, or on a separate Works Cited page. If you use Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA format (including the lesson title and instructor's name).
If you're unsure about how to use APA format to cite your sources, please see the following lessons:
Your project will be graded based on the following rubric:
|Category||Unacceptable (0-1)||Needs Improvement (2-3)||Good (4)||Excellent (5)||Total Possible Points|
|Purpose (x1)||Main points are nonexistent or irrelevant to overall purpose||Main points are difficult to identify or under-developed||Main points are clearly related to overall purpose||Main points are developed and well-supported, connecting clearly to overall purpose||5|
|Clarity (x1)||Disorganized and illogical structure hinders understanding||Somewhat disorganized, but structure does not detract from understanding of main points||Structure is logical; main points are supported by organization||Organization is logical; structure enhances clarity and delivery of main ideas||5|
|Subject Knowledge (x2)||Inaccurate or incorrect facts; unfamiliar and uncomfortable with topic; few or no sources cited if applicable.||Somewhat familiar with the topic; some incorrect knowledge; few source cited if applicable.||Comfortable with topic; not too reliant on notes; proper citation of sources if applicable.||Clear understanding and mastery of topic; proper use and citation of sources if applicable||10|
|Language Use (x1)||Language is inappropriate for topic and audience; word choice is informal and demonstrates bias||Language is somewhat inappropriate for topic or audience; overuse of slang or jargon||Language is appropriate with minor usage of slang; no detectable bias||Language is formal, concise, and appropriate for topic; no slang or jargon and no detectable bias||5|
|Delivery (x2)||Tone and gestures are inappropriate, offensive or distracting; pacing is unnatural with little to no eye contact||Tone and gestures are unnatural or somewhat distracting; poor pacing with regular breaks in eye contact; low engagement||Tone is appropriate and eye contact mostly maintained; comfortable gestures and pacing with a good level of engagement||Confident delivery with very natural tone, volume, gestures, and eye contact; great pacing and engagement||10|
|Visual Aids (x1)||Visual aids are irrelevant or missing completely||Visuals are included, but some are irrelevant to the speech or unappealing||Relevant and engaging visuals support the speech||Highly engaging visuals enhance the speech without being distracting||5|
Before You Submit
When you are done with your presentation, we suggest taking some time to check for any errors or to add some final touches. We also suggest that you use online plagiarism checkers such as PlagScan or DupliChecker to make sure that your work is not too similar to any existing materials. Plagiarized submissions will NOT be graded.
How to Submit Your Project
When you are ready to submit your speech and presentation, please fill out the following submission form. Please attach or provide accessible links to the following:
- Oral presentation video as a .mov, .mp4, .wmv file, or YouTube link
- Files larger than 30MB will need to be submitted either via YouTube, DropBox, Google Drive, or a similar medium. Please ensure that privacy settings on your video will allow us to view it.
- Additional visual aids (e.g., slideshows as a .ppt file) if applicable
- A works cited page as a .doc, .docx., .txt., or .pdf file if applicable
After turning in your presentation, you may go ahead and take the proctored final exam. You do not need to wait for your presentation to be graded. You should receive your grade within one week.
If you are not satisfied with the score you receive on your project, you may redo it and resubmit it for grading using the same submission form above. Keep in mind that the grade you receive on your project is only a portion of your overall grade for the course, and you are free to retake the proctored final exam as well if you choose. Please see the course syllabus for a more detailed breakdown of the grading policy.
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