150 Submitting a text entry box, a media recording, or a file upload Informative Speaking Now that you have given your first speech in front of your peers, you get to go a step further. Reading, lecture, and discussion of this unit will further prepare you for writing and delivering this speech. This speech is an informative speech. Your goal is to develop sound organizational skills–as a speaker, if your ideas are not organized, you will not successfully reach your audience–no matter how good you look or sound. The requirements for this speech are as follows: Informative Speech Requirements You are to inform the class about something related to your field of study. You are not acting as an advocate, but are giving your audience more information about a topic or clarifying ideas. Convey useful or interesting information. You may inform your audience about ideas, concepts, people, events, things. When choosing your topic for this speech, make sure it passes the “Hmmm, that’s interesting. I didn’t know that” test. That’s what you want your audience to be thinking after your speech. Many topics pass one part of the test, but your topic should pass both. For example, you could do a speech on how microprocessors function. Most people don’t know much about that, but it’s probably not an interesting speech either. Conversely, you might think that describing your favorite sport or hobby is interesting, but unless you find a truly unique angle, most people already know a lot about many popular sports and hobbies. So, while you should choose a topic to which you have a personal connection, you’ll need to do research to find unique information that your audience is likely to find new and interesting. Topic selection sheet required. Time Limit: 5 – 7 minutes (Please time yourself; You will lose 10 points if you go under 5 minutes and will lose 5 points per every 30 seconds you go over 7:30). Outline: The outline you turn in is to be typed, with “normal” margins, 11-12pt font, with an attached reference page. Failure to turn in a reference page, verbally cite sources during your speech, AND provide copies of sources, will result in a failing grade for the assignment. Sources: At least (very minimum) 5 (5) different, reliable sources (to be cited verbally within your speech. You may use them as many times as you wish, but you need to use all 5 at least once. NO Wikipedia!! The sources also need to more academic/substantive than sites such as Dictionary.com, AskJeeves.com, etc. Visual Aids: You need to use a PowerPoint or Prezi of a least 4 slides. You may include a video, not longer than 45 seconds. Other materials: key word or key phrase speaking notes only (may use notecards, an electronic device or 1 piece of paper) Delivery: Extemporaneous/conversational Due with your Informative Speech submission: Full sentence, typed outline Works Cited in MLA format A screen grab or snip-it of all sources used (the page/piece you’re using ONLY—not the entire source) Your PPT presentation or link to your Prezi Informative Speech Rubric Actions Due prior to your speech submission: Topic Selection Worksheet Annotated Bibliography Requirements for outlines An outline helps you to organize your speech properly and to ensure that you are properly documenting your research. You are required to complete and turn in an outline for the Informative and Persuasive speeches. Each outline is due on your speaking day. You need to address the following in your outlines: Proper heading information (topic, general purpose statement, specific purpose statement, thesis) Proper numeration Complete sentences, in proper grammar, with proper punctuation Proper subordination Proper coordination Proper, complete description of Introduction: Attention getter Statement of topic Audience relevance/bond Statement of credibility Preview of main points Transitions in italics or parenthesis Proper, complete description of Conclusion: Signal of ending/transition Review of main points Final thought/clapline Proper citation of sources within your outline as how you’d say them verbally Works Cited in MLA format Photo Copy of all sources used Citing Sources and Creating a Works Cited Page Citing sources in speeches may be awkward at first; however, it is very important. Citing sources helps a speaker establish their credibility by strengthening information and arguments they have to offer. The following information contains guidelines for citing sources while you are speaking and for creating a works cited page. Citing Sources While Speaking You have two options when citing sources while you are speaking: 1) directly quoting a source and 2) paraphrasing a source. Regardless of which you choose, you always need to give credit where credit is due in order to avoid plagiarism. Use Direct Quotes when you use the source’s content word-for-word. When you directly quote someone, use a quotation that is only a few sentences long; too long a quote causes wordiness and confusion. Make sure that you are formulating the argument first, and use direct quotes only as support for your arguments. Only use direct quotes when the quote says something better than you can say it. Use Paraphrasing when you summarize a source’s content into your own words, without changing the original intent or meaning. When you paraphrase, the author and source still need to be cited. In the Diana Hacker’s Pocket Style Manual, 3rd ed, Hacker recommends that to avoid plagiarism you should “set the source aside, write from memory, and consult the source later to check for accuracy” (112). Specific information must be cited whether you paraphrase or quote directly. The author of the article, book, website, etc. The author’s title or credentials (for credibility). The date of the publication or when the website/webpage was last updated or accessed. When you cite a source with only two-three authors, state their last names as they appear in the source. If you cite a source with more than three authors, state the first author followed by the words “et. al.”
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