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Informative Speech Requirements
Assignment: To research, develop, and deliver a 5-7 informative presentation complete with formal Full Sentence Outline, and MLA Works Cited.
Topic Selection: All Topics must be approved
- Topic may include any subject which increases the general knowledge of the audience
- Topic may not be of a persuasive nature
- Topic should be one which is appropriate and interesting for the target audience
- Research should be credible, authoritative, current, and relevant for the topic
- Research should include at least five sources
- Research should be cited both vocally within the speech and in a MLA formatted works cited which should be at the end of the formal outline
- Research should be organized into a formal complete sentence outline
- Outline should follow a logical informative speech organizational plan
- Outline should precisely follow the example and guidelines required by the instructor
- Font: Times New Roman Double-Spaced
- Content should include elements of effective speech-making :
- Introduction: Attention-getter, preview, thesis
- Body: Transitions, Supporting Material
- Content should include a variety of support devices such as examples, anecdotes, statistics, quotes, compare/contrast, analogies, and narration
- Each point should be fully supported
- Visual aids should not be guided merely by number but by the need for visuals in the speech
- PowerPoint which includes pictures, graphs, etc.
- Speaker should be thoroughly comfortable with content which shows evidence of thorough rehearsal
- Speaker should maintain appropriate eye contact, vocal rate and volume,
- Speaker should present a credible appearance in both dress and demeanor (no jeans, tennis shoes, hats, coats, or slouchy appearance.
- Speaker may use a single page of speaker’s notes or up to six notecards
Informative Grading Rubric
Speech Elements = 25 points
- Attention Getter, Preview, Thesis,
- Established Connection/Relevance to Audience
- Logical Organizational Plan, Clear Main Points
- Transitions/Internal summaries/Signposts
Topic Support: = 25 points
- Major Points are fully supported by credible research
- Research is supported with vocal citations
- Support includes a wide variety of support devices
Visual Presentation: = 10 points
- Visual aids meet requirements
- Visual Presentation is appropriate for content
- Visual Aids are collegiate and utilized appropriately
Delivery: = 10 points
- Professional image in both attire and demeanor
- Excellent vocal tone and nonverbal communication
Time: 5-7 minutes _____________ Extemporaneous Delivery: _________
Topic Submission: _________/5
Outline/Works Cited: ________/25
Presentation Total: _______/70
Sub Total: _______/100
TOTAL SCORE: _________/100
Topic Submission Sheet (5 points)
(Print legibly and use black/blue pen.)
CRN: ___________ Class Time: ____________
Audience Analysis: I believe this is a good topic for my audience because: __________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
Background Research: (For each source, include a bibliographical citation including author name, name of website, URL, publication date, access date and a brief summary of the source.)
(1) Source: __________________________________________________________________
(2) Source: __________________________________________________________________
(3) Source: __________________________________________________________________
(Topics within a class may not be duplicated. Please include a back-up topic.)
Formal Outline, Works Cited, Visual Aid Tips
- (Staple all pages together in the upper left hand corner.)
Outline: (15 points)
- Create a typed formal outline. Be sure to include all bolded words in the example outline and insert your specific information following these words
- Be sure to use complete sentences, consistent symbols, alignment, formatting, and follow the rule of division.
- Proofread your completed outline for the above as well as for spelling and grammar.
Works Cited: (10 points)
- Begin your works cited list on a separate page after your outline under the label Works Cited which should be centered.
- The works cited list provides the information necessary for a reader to locate and be able to read any sources you cite in the speech.
- Each source you cite in the speech must appear in your works-cited list;
- Likewise, each entry in the works-cited list must be cited in your speech, vocal citation.
- If works cited does not follow MLA guidelines you will receive a zero for this portion of the assignment.
- Prepare your works cited list using MLA style
- Make the first line of each entry in your list flush left with the margin. Subsequent lines in each entry should be indented one-half inch. This is known as a hanging indent.
- Double space all entries. Double space both within and between entries.
- Alphabetize the list of works cited by the first word in each entry (usually the author’s last name)
- Don’t forget to include author name, title of article, publisher name, publication date (or for website – last date updated), and website access date. New MLA guidelines do not require the URL address; however, you must indicate if the source is Web. or
VISUAL AID TIPS:
- Visual aids should be collegiate. Use computer text rather than handwritten.
- Visual aids should help the audience follow, understand, or remember the presentation.
- Visual aids should be spaced appropriately throughout the presentation. They should not all be at the beginning or end.
- The best visual aids are ones that make images or information more concrete. For example:
- Pictures of places, people, things
- Graphs or charts of statistical information
- Visual aids used to demonstrate a process
- Audio aids are also helpful to illustrate music
- Visual aids should follow the CVS principle:
- Clarity – understandable
- Visible – font should be at least 2 inches; pictures should be at least 8 X 10 or enlarged using the Document Camera
- Simplicity – do not have too much going on at one time. Limit the amount of text and limit the number of colors
- PowerPoint Tips:
- Keep background clean. Best to use black font on white background or very dark background with white text. One of the provided designs in PowerPoint is usually a good choice.
- Avoid the “Bells and Whistles”
- Do not have text flying in and out
- Leave off the sound effects
- Follow the 7 X 7 rule – no more than 7 lines with 7 words on a slide
- PowerPoint is a great medium to use to enlarge pictures, charts, and graphs
- Document Camera
- Use a separate sheet of paper for each picture, chart, or graph
- Create your own chart or graph. Do not simply put one up there that is busy with too much information or which includes information you do not mention.
- Zoom in so that the picture or graph completely fills the screen.
- Charts and Graphs – be sure to discuss all information on a graph. Don’t just say this chart represents the top 10 illnesses, tell us what they are. Pretend like the audience cannot see the chart/graph and describe it to them.
- Don’t forget make sure all visuals and media work. Nothing is more distracting that a video that doesn’t load or visuals that keep falling.
- Load all video before beginning your speech.
- No more than 30 seconds of video is appropriate in a 4-6 minute speech.