Length: 6 to 8 minutes, 50 points deducted if over or under limit
Topic: An issue or concept that is new and interesting to your audience.
Notes: Must not appear to use notes, although short notes are permitted.
Outlines: Thumbnail copy for instructor. Detailed outline with a minimum of five academic source references noted on the outline referenced to the place they are used, presented only to the instructor before your speech. Narrative also required. All notes and visual aids are to be turned in immediately following the speech.
References: A bibliography/Reference list with a minimum of five academic source references. This is added at the end of your resume, not as a separate sheet.
Visuals: Three presentation aids (one of which must be visual). PowerPoint counts as only one, only one embedded visual counts, one needs to be an object, poster, handout of a different type of presentation aid.
Interesting to your audience.
Your speech should be timely and "news" to your audience.
You must have a strong introduction, a clear thesis statement, a supportive body and a clear conclusion.
Each of your main points must be supported with an appropriate source made clear to your audience.
Your speech should reflect reasonable, balanced knowledge and be as objective as possible.
Used pattern of organization properly
Used appropriate supporting materials
Used and integrated sources orally into the speech
Well-structured main points
Clear transitions and signposts
Word choice/clarity of expression
Effective sense of closure
Delivery done well and within course guidelines
Use of Presentation Aids
Voice (volume, pitch, rate, pauses)
Body use (eye contact, gestures, movement)
Sources shown APA/properly inside outline
Sources shown APA/properly at end of outline
Sources mentioned appropriately inside actual speech
Progress for the term
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