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Time Limit: 4-6 Minutes
The informative speech is designed to help you further develop speech making skills. You may give your speech on a PERSON, PLACE, CONCEPT or EVENT, but not on a process because that was the requirement for your first informative speech. A variety of topics would be appropriate. For example, you might present a biographical sketch of Winston Churchill, or you might research and explain the extent and causes of alcoholism or drug abuse, the significance of the battle at Gettysburg, the causes of the landslide election in 1932, or the growth of the internet. Some topics might lend themselves to persuasive as well as informative presentations. However, you should stick to informing your audience for this speech. (Do NOT tell the audience what they should do or believe or that something is a problem or beneficial – because that would get into your opinion and that would be persuasive.) Use slides (Powerpoint, Prezi, Google Slides) for this presentation. It is preferred that you connect, Bluetooth, the laptop to a TV screen to display slides while you deliver the speech.
Requirements & Evaluation Criteria:
Your speech should be effectively organized, outlined, introduced and concluded as you did for the last speech.
You must orally cite at least 5 references in your presentation. Your examples, statistics and quotations will support your main points and must be cited in 1) your speech, 2) your speech outline, and 3) your bibliography. Not citing your sources in any of those three (3) places will constitute PLAGIARISM and will result in an F grade for the presentation or possibly the course. You must use a minimum of three (3) different types of sources (book, magazine, newspaper, journal article) in your bibliography. Be sure to use proper bibliographic format (APA or MLA style) for each citation.
Your preparation outline must be prepared and typed following formal outline format (see 10 Rules for Outlining). You may request your instructor to review a draft copy of your outline ahead of time.
Your speech must be delivered extemporaneously (conversationally) from notes. Do NOT prepare a speech manuscript (i.e. write out your speech verbatim); do NOT memorize a manuscript. Be sure your note card is clear, concise, brief, and easy for you to see while delivering your speech.
Include both your Preparation Outline and Speaking Outline in the folder link you share from Google Drive to the assignment. See Guidelines for Recording & Submitting Speeches for more detailed instructions. In order for your speech to count as “on time” you must submit both your Preparation Outline and your Speaking Outline at the time you submit your video and by the due date on the calendar.
Practice your speech several times before you deliver your speech in front of your audience. Check the timing to know what will fit in the 4-6 minute time limit and make cuts as necessary.
A presentation aid is required for this speech. Use a slide show (PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi, Emaze, etc.) to enhance your content and explain any complicated ideas, or just to show great pics of what you are talking about. Remember, adding a visual aid gives you one more channel with which to convey your message.
After you submit your speech video, you should watch your video again, and complete the Informative Speech Self-Evaluation as well as the M06 Informative Speech Peer Review. These count as part of your speech grade.
You MUST have an audience consisting of 6 or more people at least 16 years of age or older. The video must show the audience before and after the speech without splicing video. Not having an audience of at least 6 adults will result in failing the assignment.
This assignment is worth a possible 150 Evaluation criteria include: Speech Preparation Outline & Speaking Outline, Introduction, Organization, Content Development, Use & Citation of Supporting Materials, Language, Delivery, Conclusion and overall Audience Centeredness.
TEN RULES FOR OUTLINING1. Label all parts of your outline (i.e. Name, Title, Organizational Pattern, General Purpose, Specific Purpose, Central Idea, Introduction, Body, Conclusion, and Bibliography) in BOLD and Underline.2. Label all transitions, previews, and summaries as you did above, but set off in parentheses.3. Indent and use the standard set of outline symbols.Main Points are indicated by Roman numerals (I, II, III, IV).Subpoints are indicated by capital letters (A, B, C). Sub-subpoints are indicated by Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3).Sub-sub-subpoints are indicated by small letters (a, b, c). (See example below.)Body: I. You need to type each MAIN POINT in a complete sentence.A.You need to type each SUBPOINT in a complete sentence. 1. You also need to type SUB-SUBPOINTS in complete sentences.2. You should also type examples and statistics in your sub-subpoints (cite sources).a.No need for SUB-SUB-SUBPOINTS to be complete sentencesb.Phrases or descriptive wordsB.You need to type at least two SUBPOINTS for each main point.1. You need to have at least two SUB-SUBPOINTS for each subpoint. 2. You should NOT have a “1” without a “2” or “a” without a “b.”**Notice the “Visual Framework” in the sample above – the next point of the outline lines up directly under the letter of the first word in the point above. See the handout “Setting Up Word Easy Outlining.” 4. Use complete sentences for main points, subpoints, and sub-subpoints, but not for sub-sub-subpoints. (See example above.)5. Divide and order your main points according to one of the following organizational patterns:1. Chronological (time pattern)2. Spatial (directional pattern)3. Causal (cause and effect pattern)4. Problem-Solution5. Topical (2-5 types, ways, advantages, etc. used to describe something)6. Write each main point and subpoint so that each contains only ONE idea.Ineffective:I. Since it applies more easily and costs less, latex paint is better than oil; it also dries faster and is not as messy. Effective:I. Latex paint is preferable to oil paint.A. It applies easily.B. It dries faster. C. It is not as messy.
D. It costs less.