COMS361- Fall 2002

Dr. Diane Howard

Final Presentation and Paper Worth 35%


For this Final Assignment you must find a speech, any speech. This assignment has two components (1) A Written Critique and (2) An Oral Presentation.

14% Presentation: Informative Speech


Give a biography and any historical data to describe the speaker and the historical context of the speech. Supporting Materials: Find outside published or interview sources to back up your points and add credibility as a speaker. You must include a minimum of four outside sources in this informative speech. Remember it is important to cite your four sources orally during the speech.




.5% Create a bond with the audience?

.5% Develop an attention-getting opening.

.5% Give a clear premise statement during the introduction

.5% Preview the main points


.5% Use a sentence to move from introductory remarks to the first main point.

.5% Explanations should be brief, simple and concrete.

Body of speech:

.5% Talk about the four main points supporting the main thesis statement of the speech.

.5% At least four quoted sources within the body of the speech.


1% At least two audio visuals

.5% Weave the audio-visual aid seamlessly into the main body of speech.

.5% Demonstrate, explain or support the main premise of the speech by using an audio-visual.


.5% Transition from the body of the speech

.5% Summarize or restate your main points.


.5% Suitable informative topic?

.5% Informative?


1% Logical reasoning?

1% Emotional appeals?


.5% Language appropriate

.5% Enthusiasm?

.5% Eye contact?

.5% Vocal variety


.5% Non-verbal delivery

1% This is not a manuscript speech. Thus you should try not to read your speech and make eye contact with the audience.



20% Critique


4% Is your speech an Argumentative or Persuasive speech? Explain Why? If your speech is a persuasive speech is it an Actuation Speech, Argumentative Speech or Inspirational Speech. Explain Why.


Written Critique: A step-by-step demonstration of the Toulmin Method


2% Analyzing the claim:

         Identify the claim:

         Look for qualifiers:

         Find the exceptions:

         Summarize the claim:




2% Analyzing the reasons:

         List the reasons:

         Examine the reasons:

2% Analyzing the Evidence:

         List the evidence:

         Examine the evidence:

2% Noting Refutations:

2% Summarizing your analysis.

Once you have completed your analysis, it is a good idea to summarize the results in a paragraph.

2% Be sure to set aside your own position on the issue, confining your summary to the argument the writer makes.

3% It must be accompanied by a printout of the actual speech.

1% Bibliography. APA Style.The following sites will help you to properly cite all material that is not your own using APA style.


1% TIME: 5:00 minutes. Marks will be deducted for going over or going under the time limit, so please time yourself during your speech rehearsal.


Speaker Order: We will proceed alphabetically. Please recognize that you are expected to perform on the day that you are assigned or have a volunteer to replace you. If you are unprepared or absent a penalty will be applied as a one-grade deduction. See course outline. (Absences need to be confirmed with a physicians note). Tuesday November 26th and Thursday 28th last names beginning from the letter A to the letter M. Tuesday December 3rd and Thursday 5th last names beginning from the letter N to Z.



The penalty for plagiarism is an automatic F in the course and the potential for suspension or expulsion from the university.


In case any of you do not know, the following is the definition of plagiarism:

"Essentially plagiarism involves submitting or presenting work in a course as if it were the student's own work done expressly for that particular course when, in fact, it is not. Most commonly plagiarism exists when: (a) the work submitted or presented was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work (this includes having another impersonate the student or otherwise substituting the work of another for one's own in an examination or test), (b) parts of the work are taken from another source without reference to the original author, (c) the whole work (e.g., an essay) is copied from another source, and/or (d) a student submits or presents work in one course which has also been submitted in another course (although it may be completely original with that student) without the knowledge or prior agreement of the instructor involved."