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Performing Speech

Using the criteria of content, organization, and delivery to judge a classroom speech performance
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William White

on 15 September 2014

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Performing Speech
Delivery
Great = MASTERFUL:
The speaker is utterly confident, authentic, and completely in command of his or her material; audiovisual aids (if used) are clear, relevant, well-integrated into the body of the speech, and designed to effectively convey information to the audience.
Very Good = SUPREMELY CONFIDENT:
The speaker's delivery complements his or her efforts to get the point across; audiovisual aids (if used) are clear, relevant, and well-integrated into the body of the speech. The effect is of a generally confident speaker who has mastered the material at hand.
Pretty Good = WELL-PREPARED:
The speaker is in control of his or her nerves and focused on the task of giving a speech; the speech is generally free from problems of delivery. Audiovisual aids (if used) are clear and relevant.
Adequate = PREPARED:
The speaker seems to have prepared for the speech, and there are few problems of delivery. Audiovisual aids (if used) are at least relevant to the point of the speech.
Marginal = UNPREPARED/UNREHEARSED:
The speaker is consistently (a) reading or reciting, monotone, or otherwise stilted in speech delivery, (b) awkward in terms of gesture or eye contact, or (c) unprofessional or inappropriate in language or behavior.
Content
Great=Compelling:
Compelling, hard-to-deny evidence; vivid and energetic

language use; iron-clad reasoning; credible and authoritative sources.
Very Good=Convincing:
Convincing evidence, clever language use or reasoning or both; various sources, well adapted to audience & circumstances.
Pretty Good=Plausible and Well-Supported:
Plausible reasoning, effectively supported by evidence; effective language use.
Adequate=Plausible:
Generally plausible evidence and reasoning.
Marginal=Unconvincing:
Vague, overgeneralized or unconvincing evidence; fallacious reasoning.
Organization
Structure
Flow of ideas
L O G O S
P A T H O S
E T H O S
Deliberative Speech: related to making a decision, or deciding what to do--questions of what we ought or ought not to do to achieve our goals.
Forensic Speech: interested in true and false, in identifying or showing what is actually or probably the case to some degree of certainty.
Epideictic speech: involved in questions of praise and blame; ceremonial speech that has the effect of celebrating virtue and condemning vice.
The sum of the ratings for the three areas determines the grade the speech gets (i.e., the percentage of the total assignment weight it receives in terms of points toward the final grade).
Perfect 100% -- [A++]
Superb 98% -- [A+]
Excellent 95% -- A
Outstanding/Great 92% -- A-
Very Good 88% -- B+
Good 85% -- B
Pretty Good 82% -- B-
Promising 78% -- C+
Fair 75% -- C
Adequate 72% -- [C-]
Struggling 68% -- [D+]
Poor 65% -- D
Abysmal 62% -- [D-]
Vivid figurative language
Narratives (via plot)
Narratives (via characterization)
Testimony (expert/witness)
Quotations
Register (word choice)
Reasoning & evidence
Language use
Examples
Analogies
Statistics
General Procedures for Grading Speeches
Confidence
Energy
Enthusiasm
Basic speech format: opening, body, closing
Organized around
message
("central idea")
Use of structuring language
Transitions, summaries, previews
Signposts
Use of organizing patterns
Time-based (chronological)
Space-based (spatial, geographical)
Larger narrative or thematic arc
Great=Thematic Unity:
The organizing pattern provides thematic or narrative unity to the speech.
Very Good=Structuring Language:
The speech uses structuring language effectively.
Pretty Good=Clear and Focused Message:
The speech has a message and follows the basic speech format.
Adequate=Basic Structure:
The message is present but buried, or differs from the message implied by the speech structure, but the speech otherwise follows the basic speech format.
Marginal=Unstructured:
The speech lacks an overall message, or the internal structure is confusing or haphazard.
Each speech gets graded in three areas of evaluation: content, organization, and delivery, with each area rated on its quality:
Great (33.3%)
Very Good (32.8%)
Good (28.3%)
Acceptable (25%)
Marginal (20.8%)
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