CMST101 Cascadia Community College Informative Speech Research

The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to select, research, write and deliver a speech to inform about a process-often called a ‘how to ‘ speech or a demonstration speech. You will use your experience and what experts have said about this process. For example perhaps they claim in their writing that a particular part of a process is the most efficient or best way or the way that gets the best results-you can note this and cite them as a source. You will offer accurate, objective information. You will attempt to increase your audience’s awareness or understanding of a process that at least 2/3 of the audience knows nothing or little about. However, you must have your topic approved by the instructor. Simplistic topics like: How to Bake Cookies (any kind) or make pizza or spaghetti are not acceptable.

You are REQUIRED to have an audience for your speech so you can start gathering the audience of at least four persons together or make arrangements to speak to a group or organization that you already belong to at this time. Speaking to an audience is a statewide requirement for Public Speaking so even if you do take the class online you must find an audience. You will be recording this speech so you can review your speech for your critical analysis.

You have 5-7 minutes to deliver this speech. The recording is to be submitted by our due date at 11:55 pm. This is when our course closes there are no extensions possible.NO late passes.

To have topic approved by instructor Double check your SPS submission for Instructor Approval and comments

  • Each student must submit a topic idea for approval. The instructor will not grade speeches on topics that have not been pre-approved.
  • Topics should be submitted via Canvas
  • Topics must be appropriate and ethical.

To write and submit an outline before speeches are due This will help you organize your speech

  • Each student must write a carefully written full-sentence outline for this speech and provide a works cited page. Speeches will not be accepted or graded without a speech outline.
  • Please review the sample outline provided for the class.
  • Speech Foundation Information should be included at the beginning of the outline: Topic, General Purpose (To Inform), Specific Purpose, Thesis Statement and Organizational Pattern (may choose from INFORMATIVE PATTERNS: topical, chronological, or spatial). Specific Purpose statements and Thesis/Central Idea statements should be written as one complete sentence each. A clear ‘how to’ process should be evident in the organization.
  • The introduction and conclusion should be written in paragraph format and include the necessary components (see video on Outlining and Writing the Speech for details)
  • Follow the full sentence outlining guidelines in the text and in lecture. Each main point and sub point must be written as one complete sentence each, and each sub point should have at least two tertiary points. This will help you organize your speech.
  • Sources must be documented within the outline (as in-text citations), and transitions should be included between each major section of the speech (again, see notes for more details)
  • Your outline is to be submitted to me and I will give you feedback to allow for you to revise it before you record your speech.
  • Works cited page should be completed in APA format and attached to the outline. Wikipedia is NOT allowed as a counted resource.
  • If you need assistance with your outline, please make an appointment for me to call you or send me an email I want to help you be successful!

To deliver your speech with an extemporaneous style

  • You must deliver to an audience of three or four (3-4) or even more adults. They can be friends, relatives, or coworkers. This information was conveyed to you in your welcome to the class letter at the beginning of the quarter.
  • Notes should be kept to a minimum. Only 5 maximum 4X6 note cards may be used .
  • Speeches should not be memorized or read. Reading or memorizing will earn you a grade of C or below.
  • Thoroughly prepare for your speech so that your delivery sounds conversational and is engaging to your listeners.
  • You must stand to deliver your speech in the recording facing your audeince or you will lose points.
  • Each student should have an adequate amount of eye contact, looking down sparingly. It is acceptable to read lengthy quotes from the note cards.
  • There must be a clear introduction, body and conclusion to your speech.
  • A minimum of 4 different sources must be verbally cited within the speech, no more than one from the internet. For example, you may say, “According to the January 10, 2013 issue of the NewYork Times…” or “, respected surgeon, Thomas Will in his recent study on open heart surgery concluded that…” (Sources should be dated within the last 5 years)
  • Time limit penalties apply to this and all speaking assignments: 5-7 minutes
  • Especially because this is a process speech, visual aids are required and they must be visible in the recording.
  • Each student must be appropriately dressed (business casual) and neatly groomed wearing shoes for this speech.
  • You will record your speech through the CANVAS program or posted to YouTube and you are responsible to submit the working recording/link to your checklist.
  • Before you begin your speech you are to “pan” the audience. If you do not do this vital step you will receive an automatic 10 point deduction from your final score. I do not need to see the audience as you speak it is more important that I hear you and see your face.
  • Follow the guidelines regarding Production Values when you record your speech.

To write a listener critique on your speech (this has a separate assignment sheet and is worth 15 points)

  • Each student will watch and evaluate her/his own speech.
  • The critique will be 2-3 pages in length.
  • The Critique is due on the final day of the quarter
  • See critique guidelines for more details.
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