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Transcript of Interview, updated
The Speaking Rubric Interviewer:
Jillian Kohl born and raised in Dubuque, Iowa
led what she calls, “a painfully standard life” for the majority of her childhood and adolescence
has nothing to complain about, but nothing to rave about, either
close with family and as she’s grown older has begun valuing friendships as much more than just a way to pass time ran cross country in high school, a sport that has since inspired her to run marathons
goal is to run a full-length marathon in every state, and so far she’s up to 15 (including Alaska and Hawai’i) she prefers cats to dogs
enjoys writing when she has free time
has recently gotten married
now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
she claims to have one “constant” in her life, an interest she found early and developed over the years: art Jill contracted the e. Coli virus from eating an entire bag of tainted spinach (in one sitting!) in the midst of the devastating, sometimes fatal, e.Coli outbreak in 2006
her internal organs including her liver and kidneys began shutting down and she was on dialysis, at the brink of death, for weeks
her survival and recovery from the disease are documented in her artwork from the time Jill's Story Speaking Rubric Content Delivery VOICE
How articulation, volume, tone and pace convey energy, enthusiasm and interest. 1
Vocal skills may detract presentation; articulation is imprecise.
Pronunciation errors distract audience as speaker consistently slurs or mispronounces words.
Volume is inadequate; speaker may mumble.
Tone, pitch, and pace vary rarely or not at all. voice
Speaker’s vocal skills advance presentation; articulation is clear and precise.
Pronunciation is accurate.
Voice clearly carries to entire audience.
Speaker varies tone and pitch effectively to convey engagement and enthusiasm; varies pace effectively. BODY
Attention to poise, posture, physical appearance, gestures and eye contact. 1
Speaker is not at ease; poise is visibly lacking.
Appearance is inappropriate and distracting.
Gestures are minimal or absent.
Speaker establishes minimal or no eye contact with audience. body
Speaker conveys ease and self-confidence.
Physical appearance is professional, and suited to purpose and setting.
Gestures advance the presentation, and are frequent, varied, and meaningful.
Speaker sustains eye contact with entire audience. GENERAL LANGUAGE SKILLS
Considers word choice, appropriateness of vocabulary, conciseness and level of formality. Includes correctness of grammar and usage. 1
Speaker uses inappropriate or non-meaningful vocabulary; consistently disregards conventions of grammar and usage and uses slang.
“Filler” words/syllables are habitual and distracting. general language skills
Speaker uses powerful vocabulary, consistently complies with grammatical and usage standards, and avoids slang.
“Filler” words or syllables are rare or absent. SURFACE DIGGING
DEEPER FOLLOW UP THE GOOD STUFF Begin with a detailed description of a painting to grab audience’s attention.
(TRANS): “Art has always been important to Jillian…”
Provide a little background on Jillian (family, interests, etc), including her running hobby.
(TRANS): “Jillian’s dedication to running and being healthy proved to be near fatal when…”
Describe Jillian’s e.coli journey chronologically, from illness, to survival.
(TRANS): “Although she has difficulty expressing the pain she experienced in words, she allows her artwork to speak for her…”
Describe the art, why she did it, how it helped her, etc.
(TRANS): “Like many artists, it’s the mode of expression she’s most comfortable with. Artists often experience the world slightly differently…”
This might open up a brief discussion on the nature and power of art. to reiterate what class already knows to reveal someone / something unknown, interesting, or intriguing Jill Kohl is close with her family, likes to run, and just got married Jill was able to come to terms with
illness thru a process of self-
examination in her artwork Jill's name,
interests, hobbies Intro: 0-1:32 My name is Anna and
my presentation is on Jill. Thanks, and have a good day. Jill won her battle with e.Coli
and came to terms through painting. Examples:
Detailed descriptions of Jillian’s artwork (if not the actual pieces themselves). Stories:
Her remembrances of being in the hospital room and the pain of the needles. Trying to express that in her paintings. Reasons:
Art became her savior and helped her cope with such trauma. The pieces created at that time explore many themes, such as... Research:
How does art serve as therapy? How did it work in Jillian’s case? It gave her closure, perspective, and control of the situation in some small way. PowerPoint, Prezi
Consistency in theme, color, font, and image
Use of images and text Jill's story now:
continues to run and paint
raises awareness for e.Coli
What made art so powerful to Jill? What in your life has a similar function?