TIME LIMIT: 7 to 9 minutes
TIMING CARDS: 2 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds
GRACE PERIOD: 30 seconds after
APPLAUSE CUTOFF: 3 minutes after
DESCRIPTION: You will deliver a speech persuading the audience on a question of policy. Speakers may seek either immediate action or passive agreement. Seeking immediate action from your audience is especially encouraged. Be sure to deal with the three basic components of policy speeches--need, plan, and practicality. This speech will require considerable research and skillful use of the methods of persuasion. Special emphasis should be given to using good evidence and valid reasoning.
* Use of a questionnaire for audience analysis is expected; class time will be provided (see the class schedule). Follow the suggestions on pages 99-102 of Chapter 5 in your text. Bring enough questionnaires to distribute to all classmates; copy them "2-up" and cut in half if you want to save paper. Submit a copy of your questions and a summary of your audience analysis with your preparation outline or points will be deducted.
* Use of a visual aid is required. It can be focused on conveying information or emotional appeal.
* A clear and complete preparation outline and bibliography are required. The outline must include the Specific Purpose, Central Idea and Organizational Pattern along with all other elements accurately phrased, labeled and arranged. Follow the format as presented in your text. Label and correctly format the introduction, body, conclusion, and all transitions, summaries, and internal previews. In the body, each branch of your hierarchy should contain only one sentence. According to instructor James Floss, all citations, phrased in natural language, should appear in bold. Feel free to use the Microsoft Word preparation outline template from the class website. Preparation outlines are not accepted late.
* Your preparation outline (with attached bibliography and questionnaire) is to be handed in just prior to delivering speech. Preparation outlines are not accepted late. The bibliography is a record of your research and will help you cite references more accurately; any source that added to your general knowledge on your topic, even if not specifically cited in your speech should be included. At least nine entries on the bibliography is expected, with at least five through library databases. The proper way to list bibliographic references is alphabetical by author in this manner:
Dough, Jane. All About Informative Speaking: A Beginner's Guide. New York: Mifflin, Mufflin and Muffler Publishers, 1942.
Shakes, Bill. "The Oedipal Complex at Play in Hamlet" Popular Psychology Monthly, November, 1569.
Author, if any. Article title or Heading. Organization or Company, Web address, publication date if any; look for "last updated on..."
Beadimil, Ceciel. Surfing the Net at 28.8 CommCoCorp. http://www.commco.com/~modems.html. January 9, 2009
Name. Credentials. Interview Date and place.
Loomber, Jack. Residence Hall advisor. February 8, 2010; Redwood Hall, Humboldt State University.
More bibliography tips are available through the HSU Library.
EVALUATION: You will be evaluated on your choice of topic, audience analysis, organization and delivery of the speech. The specific elements to be judged are included on a separate evaluation form.