SPEECH #1 – INFORMATIVE
POINTS: 50 (5%)
TIME: 2-4 MINUTES
1. PROJECT BACKGROUND AND DESCRIPTION
Ø Practical Value: You have had several personal experiences that have shaped your
understanding and appreciation of yourself and others. This assignment allows you to
reflect on experiences to consider how those experiences may have shaped your life.
Ø Practical Skills: You will learn or improve your organizational, outlining, formatting,
writing, editing, interpersonal communication, decision making, time management,
listening, feedback, audience analysis, compliance, creative, collaborative, public speaking
and reflection skills.
2. PROJECT SCOPE
Ø Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to search for meaning in your experiences and
attempt to clarify how they have impacted your understanding and appreciation of life.
This will be your first opportunity to speak before the class, relax don’t be nervous. Tell us
about your summer or last big family holiday, a day at the movies etc. It is a great
opportunity to observe your audience, learn the dynamics in the room and begin to master
the skills you will need for upcoming presentations. Use this assignment to inform the
audience about a specific personal experience and how it has shaped your life.
Ø Delivery of Speech – 10 Points
Ø Outline of Speech – 15 Points
Ø Format: Typed and double-spaced. Handwritten assignments will not be
Ø Margins: One inch margins.
Ø Font: Times New Roman.
Ø Font Size: 12 pt.
Ø Note Cards – 5 Points
Ø Peer Evaluation Form – Due in folder – 5 Points
Ø Verbal Self/Peer Critique – Due after speech – 5 Points
Ø Recording: You will record this speech at home or on campus one week before the due
date. This will allow you to personally critique your performance, and bring the recording
to class to share with a peer of your choosing to get feedback. This will help to improve
Please bring your recorded speech on a tablet, laptop, or phone on the assigned date. The
instructor will NOT provide a recording device for you. Please complete the feedback form
and include it in your folder on the day you give your speech.
Ø Outline: Should be submitted in a folder before you speak. After your speech please turn
in your speaking notes.
Ø Note Cards or Speaking Notes: Students may use written note cards or typed speaking
Ø Speech Evaluation Form: Select one speaker and provide individual feedback. Use the
“Written Peer Critique: Speech Evaluation Form” as a guide.
Please note: Points are deducted from your grade if you do not record your speech or do
not turn in the personal critique based on a review of your recorded presentation.
5. TIME MANAGEMENT
Ø Due Date: Please review the class schedule for due dates
Ø Late Work: Late speeches will not be accepted
Ø Correct format: Handwritten outlines will not be accepted.
Ø Outlines: Students who fail to turn in an outline one week prior to their presentation will
not be allowed to deliver their speech.
Remember – Your first presentation is worth less than the second and third; it is an
excellent opportunity to understand what you should work on to make your next
SPEECH #1 – INFORMATIVE
WRITTEN PEER CRITIQUE: SPEECH EVALUATION FORM
POINTS: 50 (5%)
NAME OF SPEAKER: _____________________________________________________________________
YOUR NAME: ___________________________________________________________________________
WHAT DID YOU LIKE? ____________________________________________________________________
…PLEASE CIRCLE YES OR NO....
DID THE SPEAKER SEEM TO HAVE A CLEAR INFORMATIVE PURPOSE?
WAS “INFORMATION HUNGER” CREATED?
WERE IMPORTANT POINTS EMPHASIZED?
WAS THE SPEECH CLEARLY ORGANIZED AND STRUCTURED
DID THE INTRODUCTION –
ESTABLISH IMPORTANCE OF TOPIC TO AUDIENCE?
PREVIEW MAIN POINTS?
CONTAIN THREE TO FIVE MAIN POINTS?
CONTAIN TRANSITIONS, INTERNAL SUMMARIES, AND INTERNAL PREVIEWS?
CONTAIN POINTS ORDERED TO BE EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND REMEMBER?
REVIEW MAIN POINTS?
REMIND AUDIENCE MEMBERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TOPIC TO THEM?
PROVIDE THE AUDIENCE WITH A MEMORY AID?
WAS THE LANGUAGE CLEAR?
DID THE SPEAKER USE VERBAL CITATIONS CONSISTENTLY?
DID THE BODY OF THE SPEECH –
DID THE CONCLUSION OF THE SPEECH –
PLEASE WORK ON____________________________________________________________
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