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.
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 well-organized 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.
STEP 2: Select a Topic (due Week 3)
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 by Week 3 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
Susan B. Anthony
Speech About a Process
How a power plant works
The stages of dementia
Speech About an Event
Festival of the Sun
History of the Paralympics
Speech About a Concept
Philosophies of education
STEP 3: Create an Outline (due Week 4)
Create an outline or speaking notes in Microsoft Word. A sample template is available in the “Assignment 2: Outline” section located in Week 4 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 Week 4 “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 Week 5)
Go to the Week 5 “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 Week 5 “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 Week 5)
Go to the Week 5 “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 Minimum Expectations 60 – 69% D Fair 70 – 79% C Proficient 80 – 89% B Exemplary 90 – 100% A
Does not gain attention and
Insufficiently gains attention
Some problems with gaining
Gains attention and
Gains attention and interest,
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 strong closing
Reinforces central idea, uses strong closing
- Speech Organization
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
- Time Requirement
5–6 minutes +/- 75 seconds
5–6 minutes +/- 60 seconds
5–6 minutes +/- 45 seconds
5–6 minutes +/- 30 seconds
5–6 minutes +/- 15 seconds
Very little/no eye contact, no expressive voice, unnatural gestures
Insufficient eye contact, limited expressive voice and/or unnatural gestures
Average eye contact, some expressive voice, minimally distracting gestures
Good eye contact, generally expressive voice and natural gestures
Strong eye contact, expressive voice, and natural gestures
- Technology Use [Online], Speech Clarity, and Visual Quality
Limited or no audio, video, and/or other technology
Problems with clarity and consistency throughout
Some problems with clarity and consistency
Generally clear and consistent
Clear and consistent throughout
- Overall Effectiveness
Doesn’t connect with audience or achieve purpose
Limited connection with audience, doesn’t fully achieve purpose
Connects somewhat with audience, partially achieves purpose
Generally connects with audience and achieves purpose
Connects well with audience and achieves purpose