Speech Critique (50 points / 12.5%)
This assignment is designed for you to apply the theory and skills you have learned in this class. You should plan on observing and evaluating a public speech. This means that you will be a “live-audience-member” of a public speech. The criteria employed for this analysis will be the same criteria by which we evaluate speeches in the course. As a result, you will want to focus on whether the speech contained an identifiable introduction, body, and conclusion. We will discuss the speech critique in class. This assignment will average 5-7 pages of text (do not exceed 10 pages of text), the assignment will be in Times New Roman style font, font size 12, double spaced, 1” margins (on top, bottom, right, and left sides), and APA citation guidelines will be observed. Grammar and syntax play an important role in your ability to convey arguments. I will deduct 20% from your total score for every five (5) grammatical errors. I will NOT accept late assignments..
Criterion 1: YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THE SPEECH
Please note the type of speech you are criticizing (informative, persuasive,…?). Also, note the context of the speech. In other words, did you attend a school seminar, a house of worship, a political rally,…? Explain. Describe the demographics of the audience.
Criterion 2: YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SPEECH
Did the speaker provide a thesis statement? What was it? Did the speaker use attention-getting devices? What were they? How effective were they? Did the speaker provide the overview of the speech? In what form was it presented? Was it in narrative form? Outline form? Overall, did the speaker’s introduction allow you to anticipate topics within the speech? Explain.
Criterion 3: YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE BODY OF THE SPEECH
How did the speaker support claims? What type of evidence was used? Were the sources of this evidence credible? Why or why not? How closely did the speech adhere to the overview, if any, provided at the beginning? Explain.
Criterion 4: YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE CONCLUSION OF THE SPEECH
How did the speaker finalize the claims? In other words, what links tied the speech? Were these links effective/ineffective? Why? Did the initial speech framework coincide with the concluding remarks? Did the speaker stray from the established logical frame? Explain.
Criterion 5: YOUR ASSESSMENT OF THE SPEAKER
How did the speaker’s style affect your overall reaction to the speech? For example, did the speaker’s use of eye contact, pitch, vocal rate…distract you from the intended message? How? What types of proofs were used to gain credibility? What other stylistic devices were effective/ineffective? Explain.
Criterion 6: YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS
After assessing the various components of the speech, provide your recommendations for improvement. It is NOT acceptable to provide recommendations without elaboration. In other words, do not write, “…I didn’t like the speech…just because.” If you make a claim, then substantiate that claim. Use evidence from your text or lecture material. Always answer the WHY question.