Speech 1 – Informative Speech Assignment & Examples
Hybrid-Online & Online COMM 1100 Spring 2012
Speech: Present an extemporaneous informative speech to the class on a topic of your choosing in the format described.
Time limits: 3-5 minutes
Outline: “Write” your speech in the form of a detailed outline as discussed. Avoid using complete sentences; use bullet points. Do NOT write out your speech like an English paper. Notes: The outline you create will serve as your speech notes (you may bring these to the front of the room with you). You will need an extra copy for yourself. Visual Aid: A professional, college-level visual aid is required with your presentation. Bibliography/Copies of Sources: Include with your speech outline a printed, properly formatted Works Cited or References page. You may use either MLA or APA style. You must also include actual copies of your research sources (print the webpage, copy the magazine article, etc. that you use).
Vocal Citations & Supporting Material: Include at least 3 vocal citations (“According to a December 2009 article in the New England Journal of medicine, obesity is the number one heath epidemic of the 21st century”) within your speech. Include at least 3 different types of supporting material (stats, examples, quotes, stories, etc.) in your speech.
Research Sources: Use at least 3 credible and scholarly (if possible) research sources (books, journals, magazines, websites, etc.) when creating your speech. These are in addition to any personal experience you might have (you can’t count yourself as one of these sources). Turn in: At the time you give your speech, turn in the outline, bibliography and copies of sources with a copy of the “speech evaluation sheet” on the very top, your name and topic filled in. Staple these items together to make a “speech packet.” Make an extra copy of the outline to use as your speech notes. You may not present your speech without turning in your completed speech packet. Detailed Information
What is an informative speech? An informative speech relays information to the audience. The primary goal is to increase the audience’s knowledge, understanding, or awareness of a topic. Informative speeches may:
(A) Explain something (explain how to do something, how something is made, how something works, or how something occurs) Example: “How to Choose the Home Loan That’s Right for You” (B) Describe something (describe what a person, object or event is like) Example: “A Day in the Life of a Typical Third-Grade Teacher in Georgia”
(C) Define something (define, elaborate or clarify a concept) Example: “ What Freedom Means to Me,” or may cover any combination of these objectives
What are the objectives of the informative speech assignment (why are we doing this)? To provide an opportunity for practicing presentation skills, to promote the critical thinking skill of being able
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to consider/reason from/understand a variety of perspectives oth er than one's own, to encourage informed global citizenship through the presentation process, to promote information competency/literacy. What are the time limits: 3-5 minutes
Failure to meet these time guidelines (short or long) will result in a lower evaluation. Consider that you may be nervous so you may speak faster or slower than normal. You should practice and time your speech many times.
When is this due?
See the course syllabus for presentation dates.
We will begin with volunteers and then I will go by the roll in order until everyone in the class has spoken. Speeches not completed by the time we move on to the next activity will not be heard and will be counted as missed.
What do I turn in on speech day?
At the time of your speech you will turn in:
1) A printed, stapled, detailed comprehensive/detailed outline of your speech. Follow the example provided at the end of this handout. Outlines that do not conform to appropriate outline...