Introductory Speech Assignment

In this video we'll discuss the assignment that anchors our work for

this entire class, the information speech.

So, let me start off by just responding to the question.

What is the assignment, and why are we doing it?

Well, this course is about working on a set of public speaking skills,

we're finding these skills works best when you're working with actual content, right?

When you have to wrestle with actual decisions.

What's go where, how do you explain this concept or an example,

you got to have content to do that.

So, the informative speech just gives us a way to practice these things.

Now, the genre that we're working in here is presenting information.

This is probably one of the most common types of speeches that you'll give in

professional life.

So you're doing informational speaking when you give an update to your office or

when you're explaining new research.

When you're explaining a new program to the public if you work in the public

sector, right?

These are all informative speeches.

They're just simply timed where you have information and

you want others to understand that information.

So that's what this assignment is, that's what this course is all about.

Normally, the topic for your presentation is pre-selected, right?

So, if you have to provide training to your office on new well,

that's your topic.

You don't get to pick.

You don't get to show up to that talk and be like, I want to talk about honey bees.

Hm, I think they're neat, right?

You don't get to do that.

Now this is a class, this is a speech class.

So you do get to pick your topic.

But the chief constraint for us is audience.

So your audience might be from the other side of the globe in this class.

So we want a speech topic that stays pretty general.

Okay I want you to work on something that's professionally relevant to you,

but honestly a speech on a software update that is only relevant to your

landscape design office, well that's not really doable for us, okay.

None of the audience in this class would understand that.

So I think, you want to stay general.

What's some interesting stuff that you can share with us?

And that still lives a ton of potential, fascinating ideas.

You might think about this speech as your TED talk moment.

You can talk about things.

That's a topic idea, things.

I saw a great speech on maple syrup, what it is,

how it's harvested, who eats it the most.

You can talk about history.

I live in Seattle and I think the history of the city is interesting.

If I was going to do an informative speech on it,

I would talk about the great Seattle fire of 1889.

Big event, it totally shaped what Seattle became.

You can talk about places or travel destinations.

So I saw an online speech that talked about three places to visit in Tokyo.

What they are, why they're important, and a little bit of their history.

I saw a really interesting online speech about legislation.

So the speaker went through what the legal rights are for

transgender people in the Republic of Ireland.

You can explain organizations,

I saw someone talk about the Indian steel industry.

I did not know much about that topic before that speech.

You can talk about systems,

I saw a good one explaining how Chinese media is organized.

Maybe you just explain an idea, I saw one on the evolution of money.

I saw a talk that simply explained what big data is and how it's analyzed.

You can talk about a process that you know a fair bit about.

I saw a talk on tire maintenance, man that's a helpful talk.

I don't know much bunch about tire maintenance and that helps me out.

And the list goes on and on.

Your speech for this class is going to be between 5 and 12 minutes so

that might influence your topic selection.

Obviously a detailed history of Brasil is not going to be doable in 12 minutes but

idea is to use this speech as a practice space, to refine the skills

that you're going to use in short and long and informative presentations.

We're going to spend a fair bit of time in class talking about slide design and use.

Now it is up to you whether or not you use slides in the final presentation right?

It might be good for your speech, but it might not be possible for

you to do the slides, right?

You might not have the technical capacity to speak and upload slides.

In that case?

Don't include slides, that's totally fine.

It might be that your talk doesn't need slides,

and that the slides would detract more than they would add to the presentation.

So you can include slides if you are able and interested but

slides are not required for this assignment.

Let's go ahead and

walk through the rubric we're going to be using in the informative speech.

Now, each item on this rubric reflects good speaking habits, but

they also reflect what we're going to be doing in this class.

Now, the rhetorical cannon shape the instruction for the informative speech.

And they shape the design of the rubric, we're going to evaluate in terms of

invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery.

So, the informative speech assignment anchors this entire class.

Each item on that rubric is a discrete skill,

it's something you need to be able to do with a speaker.

We're going to spend time working through each item on that rubric in this class,

as we're working on your speech.

The idea being that you learn these skills better if you're actively

working on a speech project.

You're actively working with content.

The final assignment anchors our discussion here.

And though the skills themselves are transferable.

You can use these skills any time you need to present information


Fundamentals of Public Speaking: Persuasive Speech

DUE DATE: _______________

Basic Assignment: Use Monroe’s Motivated Sequence to write, prepare and present a 5-8 minute persuasive speech. Use a minimum of four resources as part of your topic preparation. Use oral citations during your speech to credit your sources (minimum of 4 required, one per resource minimum). Additionally, include a Works Cited page (MLA style) with the final outline of your speech AND a separate page where you have typed out the oral citations exactly as you will say them in your speech.


Topic: Must involve a real situation and be audience inclusive. Also, as part of Monroe’s Motivated Sequence, you must

invite the audience to action as part of your conclusion. See topic suggestion page and note off-limit topics.

Length: 5-8 minutes (penalties will be accessed for finishing under or over)

Type & Organizational Structure: Persuasive using Monroe’s Motivated Sequence REQUIRED

Source: A minimum of four (4) sources of which at least one must be of a non-internet source.

Typed Works Cited page (MLA style) is to be included with your final outline.

Reference to each source must be given in the form of an oral citation during the speech. Therefore, since you

have a minimum of 4 sources you will have a minimum of four oral citations.

Outline: A typed formal phrase outline is to be submitted in class prior to giving your speech.

Your speech may be given from an outline or note cards.

Also, you will include separate pages for your works cited AND oral citations. Written work will, therefore, by at least three pieces of paper.

Other: Visual reinforcements are encouraged but are not a requirement. This would include

overhead transparencies, posters, power-point slides, video clips, display objects, pamphlets, or handouts. Do NOT pass anything around during your speech, however.

Presentation Etiquette

1. No hats or caps to be worn during your speech.

2. No gum, candies, or throat lozenges in your mouth. You may keep a glass of water at the podium to use as needed.

3. Dress appropriately for the speech as long as your appearance is neat. In addition, your top is to be non-distracting and free of wording.

4. For audience analysis purposes, the class, including your instructor, is your target audience.

5. Use language that is free of bias and reflects thoughtful consideration and preparation.



· Attention-getter (technique + interesting paragraph) and thesis

· Preview & connection to audience & self (separate paragraphs from AG but still a part of the introduction)


· “ Need “ paragraphs (the problem)

· “Satisfaction” paragraphs (the solution)

· “ Visualization” paragraphs (the future)

· All three areas should include facts, explanations, and examples as support

Conclusion, includes an “invitation to action” and:

· Review/summary

· Reference to thesis

· Connection to introduction

· Technique choice

Be sure to include: oral citations, transitions and your “voice”

Remember your “works cited” documentation page and a page with all your oral citations written out.

Name (First & Last)

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Section #


Specific Purpose: After hearing my speech the audience will…finish this sentence with your specific purpose. There should be a direct link between your S.P. and the action step.

Attention Step: Introduction

Here you will write out the complete introduction. At a minimum this will be a simple paragraph of at least three sentences. Ideally, it would be more complete and could take up to three paragraphs depending on your introductory technique, connection to audience, lead-sentences into the thesis, and preview. Underline your thesis or set bold type.

I. Need Step: Descriptive phrase summarizing the problem







II. Satisfaction Step: Descriptive phrase summarizing the solution







III. Visualization Step: Descriptive phrase summarizing the future







Action Step: Conclusion

Here you will invite the audience to do a specific action with regards to your speech. (Underline your specific action request.) This will be a part of your overall conclusion which will be written out in paragraph form. Again, remember that this must be a complete paragraph. Your conclusion must meet the minimum qualifications: summarizes the main points, invites the audience to action, refers to the introduction, and makes a memorable finish.

NOTE: Use the words: Specific Purpose, Introduction, Body, Conclusion on your outline as modeled for you.


_________________ ____________________

(First name) (Last name)

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Section # _______


(Date due)


Specific Purpose: After hearing my speech the audience will ___________________________________________


(The action you mention here should directly relate to what you ask the audience to do in your conclusion)


Attention technique: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Connection to audience: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Connection to speaker:

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Preview / thesis/ transition: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________



I. Need: _____________________________________________________________

A. __________________________________________________________






1. _______________________________________________________





II. Satisfaction: ____________________________________________________________

A. _________________________________________________________

1. _______________________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________________



B. _________________________________________________________

1. _______________________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________________





(Last name) 2

III. Visualization____________________________________________________________

A. _________________________________________________________

1. _______________________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________________



B. _________________________________________________________

1. _______________________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________________




Conclusion (includes request for action)



** Each page of your written work AFTER the first will have your last name and a page number in the upper right hand corner. See sample Works Cited page.

Sample Oral Citations: To be typed out on a separate page


According to the World Cancer Organization’s web page, last year 1.3 million people world wide died from lung cancer.

In her book, Deadly Elephant Diseases, Carol Dramington, points out the three steps necessary for protecting the last herds in Buchosted.

In a July 12 article of American News Today, reporter Juan Smith quotes President Shrub who said, “We will not cut taxes until all debts to foreign nations are paid.”

Kirkwood student, Osaki Neu, agrees that parking is a problem. “I live in the country and must drive to school,” Neu told me.

I polled members of our class. Of the 22 students responding, nine indicated that an afternoon nap would improve their overall attitude.


Instructions for a “Works Cited” page


  1. Begin with a separate page from your outline.
  2. Center “Works Cited” at the top of your page.
  3. Place your last name flush on the right column.
  4. Follow the MLA style.
  5. Alphabetize your entries. (Never number a Works Cited page).
  6. Double space the entire document
  7. First line of each entry is flush left; each line after is tabbed in.
  8. Check to see that you have underlined or set in quotation marks titles as required.
  9. Check to make sure you have included ALL necessary information per entry.
  10. Make sure the last mark of each entry is a period (.).
  11. Make sure you have a minimum of four entries.
  12. Make sure you give an oral citation during your speech for each of your sources.


  1. Use alphabetical order. However, do NOT alphabetize by: a, an, or the.
  2. Double space the entire document once you have typed it out. Do NOT double/double between entries, however.
  3. Indent each line after the first per each entry.
  4. Each entry has an end punctuation mark (a period).
  5. Underline, use quotation marks, and other punctuation as required.
  6. When using electronic sources, the web addresses MUST be more than “www” information.


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