Informative Speaking Assignment
Timing: 7-9 minutes per person
An informative speech should work to enhance the listener’s knowledge and ensure that listeners remember the information.
For this speech, you are going to prepare a presentation on a topic related to the theme of literacy.
Literacy is something that doesn’t just relate to reading. It is the idea that people should have a basic understanding or competence in an area. For example, media literacy, wine literacy, car literacy, etc. A lot of our lives are premised on literacy. For example, the ability to file taxes relies on numeric literacy, GE coursework is designed to build literacy across disciplines, and owning a car assumes basic maintenance literacy.
This means that you will choose an object, procedure, person/people, event, or idea to share with the class who we can learn from to improve our literacy.
You will want to do a thorough audience analysis: what does the audience know about your topic? Is your topic over/underused? Does it fall within the requirements of the assignment?
You will also be incorporating outside research. 5-7 articles, books, etc. cited in MLA format both in the outline and verbally as you present.
Finally, you will use a visual aid to highlight or reinforce major points of your speech.
Informative Speech Checklist
Have I read and understood the assignment?
Have I done an audience analysis?
Have I written an outline?
Have I followed an informative speech structure?
Have I practiced for timing?
Have I practiced for delivery?
Have I practiced for language?
Have I practiced with our visual aids?
You will be expected to write a critique for your speech partner.
Your critique should include a description of what went did well, what could have been improved on, and some strategy for improvement in the next presentation.
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