Informative Speech Assignment Guidelines

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The Informative Speech Assignment The Informative Speech builds on the information given for the first speech, adding the process of topic selection and expanding on research and delivery. It is worth 150 points total. It is preceded by three graded assignments: topic selection (10 points), a written Speech Proposal assignment (30 points), and a first draft of the speech (10 points). The topic selected for the speech itself is the same topic that is used in all of the preceding assignments. Assignments that precede the Informative Speech: Topic Selection must be done by the given deadline. You will need both the document titled “Topic Selection” and the document titled “The Big List of Overused Topics” to complete this part of the assignment. You will also have to do research simultaneously with this part of the assignment to make certain you can continue toward your goal of creating and delivering the Informative Speech. Topic Selection is initially worth 10 points, with the grade determined by having it done by the listed deadline, and for having selected a specific and appropriate topic. Topics should be specific; stating “I’m doing my speech on lions” is not specific. Stating “I’m doing my speech on the hunting behaviors of the African lion” is specific, and should lead to a good speech. Note that topic selection is also part of the grade for the speech itself; this will be detailed when the checklist and grading breakdown becomes available. The Informative Speech Proposal is detailed in another document; it is worth 30 points. Do not confuse the requirements of the proposal for those of the speech itself. The First Draft of the Informative Speech is worth 10 points, and includes the outline, the bibliography, the evidence cards, and the utility card. This is intended to be an initial draft, so it is not expected to be perfect; you will have a chance to do rewrites before the speech’s final due date. Informative Speech Specifications: General Purpose: To inform. Total Points: 150. This does not include the points from the preceding assignments. Time Limit: 5 to 7 minutes. Practice for six minutes; this will give a minute of leeway if you end up speaking faster or slower than expected. There will be a penalty of two points for every fifteen seconds over or under the time limit. For example, the speech that runs for 4:47 or 7:12 loses
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two points; the speech that runs for 4:39 or 7:23 loses four points; the speech that runs for 4:21 or 7:40 loses six points; and so forth. This reflects real-life speaking fairly well—there’s always going to be a time limit on any sort of public speaking, and going over or under on time does cause problems.
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