Using what you have learned in this course about speeches, your assignment is to analyze a historical speech.

Analyzing Great Speeches

Throughout the semester, you are required to engage in critical thinking about what we discuss in class and what you read about in the book. The purpose of this assignment is to get you to think critically about great speeches from history.

1.These papers will be done in MS-Word form and will be submitted to the instructor via dropbox.
No late assignments or excuses are accepted! Save your work in MS-Word form.
2. Double-space the assignment.
The assignment will be 3-4 pages in length. Do not continue to a fifth page for your text, but a fifth page may be used for your source page (works cited must employ APA, MLA, or other acceptable style manual). At least the first three pages must be full not two-and-a-half-pages, not two-and-a-quarter-pages, etc.
Use one-inch margins on the left and right sides and top/bottom. Use Courier 10 CPI or Times Roman 12 point font. No title pages are allowed on this assignment. Failure to follow the instructions will result in a letter grade penalty for each infraction
3. Put your full name, paper title, and date of submission in the upper left corner and number each page centered at the bottom.
For example:
Jeff Koerber
COMM 1201 Online
Public Speaking Assignment II
May 24, 2008 (or whatever date the assignment is due
4. Poor grammar, spelling, appearance, failure to follow procedures, etc. will result in a lowered grade.
5. Directions for content:
Using what you have learned in this course about speeches, your assignment is to analyze a historical speech. You may analyze any speech as long as it was delivered by someone famous or by someone not so famous who gave a speech that has had historical impact or importance. As you conduct your analysis, please consider these general criteria:

Identify the general topic, topic selection, purpose, content, and ideas
Identify the occasion including the time, place, situation
Identify the audience (individual or group) to which the speech was directed
Identify the purpose for the speech
Identify the speaker:
Describe strategies used by the speaker
Evaluate how well those strategies responded to the requirements presented by the situation
Introduction: Central idea, previews, attention, credibility, etc
Body: Main points, sub-points and supporting materials, transitions
Organizational structure/patterns/order
6. Sources:
— You may use online libraries, such as Galileo, but none of the sources can be Internet sources. Textbooks for this class, your sociology class, a dictionary, the Bible, etc. cannot be among the main three sources used and cited. Wikipedia may not be used as a source at all. Your work will be severely penalized if Wikipedia or any other basic encyclopedia is used. There are encyclopedia that are field or discipline specific, such as the Encyclopedia of Radio and the Encyclopedia of Television. Such field or discipline specific encyclopedia are acceptable.
— The sources must be on a separate page at the end of your report, but they will not count as part of the
3-4 page minimum/maximum. In other words, you can use a fifth page only for the reference page.
— The sources will be integrated into your paper as you analyze the speech you chose.
7. Plagiarism will result in a zero and possible expulsion from the college:
Understand that any documents submitted to the drop box are automatically checked for plagiarism. Plagiarism means, according to Merriam-Webster, to steal and pass and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own; to use (another’s production) without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

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