Public Speaking Rubric for Middle School

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Interested in incorporating more public speaking in your middle school classes? This article gives an example rubric for assessing students on a public speaking assignment. The rubric can be modified to fit your needs.


Using rubrics allows you to assess students more objectively, as well as allowing students to understand the expectations of an assignment. The rubric below is tailored for a public speaking assignment, which you can modify to fit the needs of your classes. It may be worthwhile for students to have a copy before completing the assignment.


What is the quality of the content of the speech? The content will be assessed based on the following criteria:


  • 3 POINTS: The content of the speech follows a logical flow, with connecting phrases and well-thought out bridges.
  • 2 POINTS: The content flows well, but is a bit disjointed at times. At one or more points it was hard to understand why the speaker moved from one topic to another.
  • 1 POINT: The content is disjointed and does not follow a logical flow. Topics are not related to one another, or should be in a different order.


  • 3 POINTS: The information in the speech is appropriate and well-researched. It is clear the speaker has put forth effort to become an expert on the subject.
  • 2 POINTS: The information in the speech is mostly accurate and appropriate, but some facts need to be refined. One or more points of information are incorrect.
  • 1 POINT: The speech has several instances in which incorrect information is given. The speaker needs to research the subject more thoroughly.


  • 3 POINTS: All of the information provided is relevant to the topic. Nothing is presented that is distracting to the audience.
  • 2 POINTS: Most information presented is relevant, but at least one point of information was unnecessary and distracting.
  • 1 POINT: Several points of information are irrelevant and distracting. The speech needs to be refined and focused.

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