Prof. D. Kraut        FallSpring ‘06       

Office:                    LS 131 J:

Speech 1/  3050   T/Th - 8:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Office Hours:        M/W  12:45- 2:00 p.m. ( LS 131J)

                                 Tues.  11:00- 12:30 p.m. ( Bundy/240)             

Voice Mail:          (310) 434 -8522                                                       




TEXTBOOK: ( Required )  Dan O’Hair, Hannah Rubenstein & Rob Stewart - A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking.


By the end of the semester, you should be able to accomplish the following goals:



1.        Prepare, organize, deliver and evaluate   informative and persuasive speeches that reflect a clear thesis, logical organization of main points, documentation of library research, carefully prepared outlines / presentation aids and a Works Cited page.


2.        Demonstrate delivery skills that reflect appropriate use of eye contact, volume, rate, pitch change, gestures, facial expression, movement and posture.






At least one example - with typed outline - of each of the following will be presented before the class:


1. AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO SPEECH/50 points                                2-3 MINUTES


2. INFORMATIVE  SPEECH/ 150 points                                                            5-7  MINUTES

(Typed Outline )  / “Works Cited” page + Visual Aid/s)


3. NARRATIVE  SPEECH/150 points                                                                    5-7 MINUTES

                (Typed Outline)   


4. PERSUASIVE SPEECH/ 200 points                                                                    6-8 MINUTES

(Typed Outline/“Works Cited” page + Visual Aid/s)




A   “working outline”   of each of your speeches is to be submitted on the day you are scheduled to speak, immediately before your presentation. The outline is worth 20 percent of your grade and will not be accepted late.  A brief “speaking outline”  - on index cards  or one 8”x 11” paper -  may be used at the lectern.   All working outlines must be typed, (standard 8” x 11” paper) and turned in on time.  Hand- written outlines will not be accepted. For speeches requiring research (Informative and Persuasive), a typed alphabetical “Works Cited” page should serve as the last page/s of your submission. The “Works Cited” page is worth 10 points and will not be accepted late.




Pay careful attention to selection of topics in regard to adapting to the needs, interests and backgrounds of ALL members of your audience. (See rules on “audience analysis” in our textbook.) If you have any question as to the appropriateness of a topic, see me during office hours or after class.  Professional treatment of subjects combined with the use of appropriate word choice – no profanity, sexist and/or racist language  – should be  important considerations when preparing your speeches.   Finally, always consider the educational and ethical value of the subject when making topic selections. ( Check “Observing Ethical Ground Rules” on page 9 of our text.)


If you need visual or audio equipment for your speech, please notify me at least one session before you need the equipment.  On the morning of your speech, you should arrive early in order   to assist in transferring the equipment to our room. In case of an equipment failure, always  prepare a back-up visual.


So that you will be adequately prepared when speeches/exams are due, assignments will be made well in advance. (See schedule.)  Examinations will use multiple choice and true/false questions based on the textbook and class lectures. In order to do your best work on these exams, it is important that you read the textbook carefully, outline the chapters and take detailed notes on lectures. If you have a special schedule conflict, arrange to take your exam early or give your presentation early.



You will be asked to sign up for a Speakers’ Group by the third week of the semester. Once you have signed up for your group, there will be no changes. (You will be in your selected group until the final day of class. Any variation to the above  groupings will be announced by your instructor.  Be sure your speaking dates fit your school/work schedule.)



There will be no make-up examinations except in the case of an emergency. Such emergencies require documented proof of absence (medical, legal documentation, school nurse’s report) in order to take a make-up examination. Make-up exams- with documented excuse - must be arranged to be taken during the “office hour day” immediately following your return to class.  Documentation will be carefully evaluated.



There will be NO make-up speeches permitted, except in the case of an emergency.


If you have an emergency on the day your group is scheduled, you must furnish documented proof of absence (medical, legal documents, school nurse’s report ) in order to be permitted to present a late speech.  Due to time constraints, late speeches - with documentation only - must be presented  at my office, on the “office hour day” immediately following your return to class.   Documentation will be carefully evaluated.


The above policy is used to ensure that every student is ready for an examination or presentation on the day assigned.  The major benefit of this policy is fairness to all students who work hard to get assignments in on time and prepare for exams well in advance of the scheduled date. In order to adhere to our tight schedule, it is imperative that all students meet their assignment/examination responsibilities.


If you miss 2 speech speeches, you will be dropped from the course. If this occurs after the drop deadline, you will receive an “ F ” for the course


REMINDER:  Except in the case of your presentation day or exam day, letters of documentation will NOT be accepted for absences or late arrivals. You are given two free absences and one free late arrival for unforeseen circumstances such as illness, car emergencies, etc.  If you have exceeded your two free absences and one free late arrival, a deduction of points will be made as described in the section on Attendance and Participation.  Do not bring documentation for your first two free absences or first free late arrival – except when they coincide with your performance or examination day.




If you fail to take the final examination, you will have a zero grade for that examination. The zero grade will be calculated, along with your other grades, to obtain your total points for the semester.




See the for rules on Incomplete Grades in SMC’s Schedule of Classes.



The academic policy of Santa Monica College re: cheating, student conduct, profanity, etc. will be strictly enforced. The Santa Monica College Code will be posted on the bulletin board of our classroom. Be sure to read it carefully for additional restrictions.


If you are not in class, you can not earn participation points for that day. You will miss important activities such as: pop reviews, student evaluations, lecture/discussions, voice and articulation reviews and  relaxation training,  Note the following sections below:



Attendance/Prompt Arrivals:


You may miss two classes without deduction. After your first two absences,

ten points will be deducted  for each absence.  In addition, you   have one free late

arrival. After your first late arrival, five points will be deducted for each late


It is essential that you attend every class, arrive for class on time and actively participate

in class discussions, pop reviews, etc. in order to earn your participation points. Therefore,

it is recommended that you use your two free absences and one late arrival for

unforeseen circumstances such as illness or special appointments.  Keep a full bank

 of days in order to be ready for these types of problems.  



Class Participation:

1.        Conduct yourself in a courteous and respectful manner with regard to fellow students, visitors and your instructor.

2.        Actively listen to lectures and take notes. 

3.        Be a helpful audience member by showing interest in the speaker via eye contact and facial expression. Courteously listen to fellow classmates/professor during discussion and speech presentations. (Do not pass notes or talk to neighbors. This disturbs the speaker, the class and your instructor.)

4.        Arrive for class on time and attend the maximum number of classes as outlined above.

5.        Leave all beepers, cell phones at home/car or turn them off

before  entering class.

6.        Submit all homework assignments (TYPED as directed) on time for check grade.

7.        Actively participate in class as much as possible by asking and answering questions that reflect careful reading of the text and thoughtful evaluation of the material under discussion.

8.        Volunteer for in-class exercises.

9.        Actively participate in oral evaluations of speeches in a courteous and constructive way.

10.     Complete evaluation forms using principles of constructive criticism.

If you wish to remain anonymous to the speaker, indicate the last

four numbers of your I.D. number.  In all other cases, print your name on the evaluation form. If you fail to use the I.D. - as instructed above - or print your name on the forms, you will not earn credit for this section of the course.



HOMEWORK + 5 point extra credit assignment : ( 50 points)

All reading assignments and homework assignments are to be done

according to the class calendar. It is your responsibility to follow this schedule.

Each assignment is designed to help you prepare for a major speech. In order to be ready

for exams and oral reviews, it is suggested that you outline each chapter, prepare

discussion questions  and review your notes before class lectures. If time permits, “pop”

oral reviews may start or end a session  in order to review important concepts.  The

results of these reviews will be reflected in your “Class Participation Grade.”  Use your

absence/late arrivals wisely in order to be present for all in –class activities.



1.        You may be dropped from this class after a total of four absences.

(This includes your two free absences.) If you want to initiate a drop from this class, please follow  drop policy.  Do not assume I have  dropped you. It is your responsibility to formally arrange for a drop.

( See Schedule of Classes.) 


2.        You may be dropped from this class after a total of six late arrivals.

(This includes your first free late arrival.) Please note that an early departure counts as a late arrival.



IF you arrive late for class, see me at the end of the class in order to have your

attendance recorded for that session.  If you don’t consult with me at the end of class,

you will be marked absent and the attendance record will not be changed the next session.


When  students are doing presentations, you should wait until the presentation is

over before entering. Wait for the end of the applause, enter quietly and always find the

closet seat to the door  in  order to cause  a minimum of disturbance. 


EARLY DEPARTURE:  If you leave early, your early departure will count as a late arrival with  deductions made accordingly.  See me before class begins on the day of an early departure.



It is important to have a student partner or partners for speech rehearsal and study

teams for exams.  Your student partner can pick up handouts for you if you

are absent or late. File your handouts in a safe place. Due to a supply

shortage, no extra handouts will be printed.



In Speech Communication classes, eye contact and facial expression are critical. Therefore -

unless there is a religious or medical reason – sunglasses/hats should not be worn in  class.  It is suggested that you wear appropriate attire that will not distract from the content of your speech on your presentation day. ( See  pgs. 115-16  on this matter.)




Students will be assigned to one of four speaking groups. All students in each group will

deliver their presentations on an assigned day, according to attached schedule.

Presentations will be followed by a brief oral evaluation by class members and

instructor. Written evaluation forms will be completed by each member of the group

assigned to evaluate speakers for that day.  Speakers will receive student evaluation forms

 and my grade for your speech on your outline within a week of your presentation. In

addition, student speakers must complete a self-evaluation form. All evaluation forms will

 be stapled to your outline.



Accommodations will be provided for students with disability-related needs who

identify themselves after class and provide documented proof  from the Disabled

Student Center.



Please see me after class in order to discuss procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency.




It is highly recommended that you see me during office hours in regard to speech assignments, exams or other special problems.  Students find it helpful to discuss topic ideas, outlines, stage fright, voice /articulation problems and/or general methods to improve class performance.




As a member of this class, it is your responsibility to follow all rules and regulations in our syllabus. In addition to our in-class review of the syllabus, please make sure that you re- read the syllabus tonight.  This will give you time to make sure that your school and work schedules allow you to meet syllabus requirements as to: assignment, class participation/evaluations,   attendance, late arrivals/departures, and examination / presentation schedules. If you can not arrive on time or foresee that you will miss over four sessions of class, arrange to take this course at a different time.




2. HOMEWORK                                                                                                        50  POINTS

3. AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO SPEECH                                                                  50  POINTS

4. INFORMATIVE SPEECH/research/works cited page/visual aid                150  POINTS

5  NARRATIVE SPEECH                                                                                       150  POINTS

6. PERSUASIVE SPEECH/research/works cited page/visual aid                    200  POINTS     

7. EXAM #1                                                                                               50  POINTS

8. EXAM #2                                                                                                             100 POINTS

9. FINAL                                                                                                                150 POINTS  




1. Grading scale for 100 point speeches :


A+ / 100, A/95, A-/90,  B+/87, B/85,  B-/80, C+/77, C/75, C-/70, D+/ 67, D/65, D-60, F/59  and below.


2. Grading Scale for 150 point speeches :

A+ / 150, A /143, A-/135, B+/131, B/128,  B- / 120,  C+/116,  C/ 113, C-/105,

 101/ D+,D/ 98, D-/90,  F/89 and below.

3. Final Grading Scale

A = 900-1000, B = 800- 899, C = 700-799, D = 600- 699, F = 599 and below. 





DATE                                                     CLASS ACTIVITY                                               HOMEWORK


8/29                                                         Course Introduction                                           Read/outline 


8/31                                                         Course Introduction                                           Read/outline  Ch.1-3.

                                                                (Preparation for first speech:  Autobiography into Speech)

9/5                                                           Lecture/discussion  ( Ch. 1- 3 )                          Read/outline Ch. 4-7

9/7                                                           Lecture/discussion  ( Ch.4 -7 )


9/12                                                         Lecture/discussion  continued.                         Topic selection exercise


9/14                                                         EXAM  # 1- Ch. 1-7                                             Read/outline Ch. 8-11


9/19                                                         AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO SPEECH Group A- Read  12&13                                                     


9/21                                                         AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO SPEECH           Group B – Read  14&15


9/26                                                         AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO SPEECH Group C- Read/outline

Ch. 20- 23



9/28                                                         Lecture/discussion:                                             HOMEWORK # 1 DUE

                                                                Research and planning  for                               

Informative Speech with visual aid.              



10/3                                                         LIBRARY- Room 192-MAIN CAMPUS- 8 a.m. promptly.

See pgs. 219 - 221 for help with documentation of sources and  alphabetical “Works Cited” page. MLA format required.

Read/outline Ch.  16-19


10/5                                                         Lecture/discussion + Peer Editing                    HOMEWORK #2 Due


10/10                                                       Lecture: Narrative   + Preview on Persuasion                                                                               


10/12                                                       INFORMATIVE SPEECH                   Group  A

______________________________________________________________________________________                                       Exam #2- Ch. 8-16 + Ch. 23


10/17                                                       INFORMATIVE SPEECH                   Group   BA 


10/19                                                       INFORMATIVE SPEECH                   Group   CB



10/24                                                       INFORMATIVE SPEECH                   Group    DC


10/26                                                       Exam #2- Ch. 8-16 + Ch. 23INFORMATIVE SPEECH                  Group    D


10/31                                                       Lecture: Narrative                                                Read/outline Ch. 24

                                                                                                                                                HOMEWORK # 3 DUE


11/2                                                         Lecture: Persuasion                                             HOMEWORK # 4 DUE.


                                                                                                                                                Read   p. 52-3 / p.  81-3.


11/7                                                         NARRATIVE SPEECH                                        Group   A                              


11/9                                                         NARRATIVE SPEECH                                        Groups  B + C

11/14                                                       NARRATIVE SPEECH                                        Group   D


11/16                                                       LECTURE/Persuasion                                     Rev. p. 161-4



11/21                                                       Lecture: Persuasion                                             HOMEWORK # 5 DUE.

11/23                                                       Lecture (Continued) + Peer review                   


11/28                                                       PERSUASIVE SPEECH                                       Group A                                


11/30                                                       PERSUASIVE SPEECH                                     Group B


12/5                                                         PERSUASIVE SPEECH.                                      Group C


12/7                                                         PERSUASIVE SPEECH                                       Group D


12/12SECTION 3050                                      FINAL EXAM                                                      8 a.m. promptly.








Please Note:


1 .Prepare a speech title for all speeches listed below.

2. Typed Speech Outlines and “Works Cited” pages are not accepted late. Be sure to submit them 

    immediately before you present your speech.



AUTOBIOGRAPHY INTO SPEECH:  (50 points)/2-3 minutes


Prepare a 2 minute autobiographical  speech with a “life lesson”  designed to help us get to know you. Your typed   “working outline” ( 10 points) should be handed to me   immediately before you present your speech. It will  not be accepted late.  The  brief  “speaking outline”   - for your own use  - should be used at the lectern.   Use one- two index cards for your speaking outline or a one page sheet for your “speaking outline.”


Examples used in previous classes :  A Day in My Life in Two Minutes;  My Fear of Public Speaking; My First Day in the United States;  Person/Experience that Served as a Turning Point in my Life.


INFORMATIVE SPEECH:  (150 Points) /5-7 minutes


Prepare and present a 5-7 minute informative speech on either an object, event, concept or process -  with a clearly defined thesis, 2-5  main points and transitions.  Stay within time limit.   Please note that your speech may be stopped if it is over the time limit.


Choose a topic that will be worthwhile and significant for your audience.  Prepare a well-organized working outline ( 30 pts.), “Works Cited” page  in MLA format ( 10 pts.) and brief speaking outline - as discussed in class.  Use a variety of supporting materials.  At least 3 library sources are required and should be alphabetically listed on your “works cited” page. Evidence of your research should be documented in the body of the speech – at least 3 times - as discussed in class and in our text. Pay special attention to authorship, sponsorship and currency when evaluating research sources.

A carefully prepared visual aid/s is required. It should be used in the body of the speech in order to reflect your creativity and help your audience learn the key points of your speech.


NARRATIVE: ( 150 Points)  /5-7 minutes


Choose a story from your life with a life lesson and evidence of character growth. The content of the speech should focus on: dialogue, inner monologue, physical description of key characters and physical description of place. These are to be used to advance the story.  Submit a well-organized typed outline ( 30 points)  that reflects your creative use of language and “life lesson/s” as discussed in class.


STARTING POINTS:                          

a.           Childhood/adolescence           

b.           First job

c.            Family/friends/ room-mates/school

d.           Career/Army

                e.      Marriage/ birth of a child/divorce

                f.       Accident/Illness

                g.       Moving


PERSUASIVE SPEECH / 200 points. (  6-8 minutes)

For this assignment, you are asked to prepare a speech on a question of policy designed  to move your audience to action.   You should follow these steps in your preparation stage:

Use Monroe’s Motivated Sequence Plan. Review p. 161-4.

Review pages 151-169 on persuasion and review all lecture notes on persuasion. In addition, review the  manuscript of Amy Tabor’s speech. “The Need for Disability Awareness.”  ( Pgs. 167-9.)


1. On your Speech day, submit:

a.        A working  outline (40 pts.),  and “works cited” page ( MLA format) ( 10 pts.) with a minimum of five sources immediately before it is your turn to speak.  At least three library sources must be used. Outline + “Works Cited” page will not be accepted late.

b.       Two sources may be an interview with an expert in the field. (Use MLA format for citing interview.)

c.        You should cite your sources at least four times within the body of  your speech and use peer-reviewed journals, whenever possible.

d.       When evaluating internet /library sources, pay attention to authorship, sponsoring organization and currency. See page 61.

2. Be sure to focus on evidence, reasoning, audience analysis and adaptation.

Select a variety of supporting materials that help you maintain audience interest and clarify  key points. A visual aid that enhances your thesis and major points is required.



SAMPLE OUTLINE FOR SPEECH #1 - Actress by Day, Waitress by Night

SPECIFIC PURPOSE:  to inform the class about my experiences as a struggling actress.

THESIS:  A struggling actress learns survival skills from positive and negative experiences.




I.                     ATTENTION –GETTER:  How many of you know what it’s like to  go on auditions and hear, “Don’t call us- we’ll call you  . . . ” ? How would you feel if the producer never  looked up at you during your entire audition?  Instead, when you reached your final line, he  roared,  “Next! ” and  called in the next actress. That’s when you try to sneak out of the room as quickly  as possible.  But, unfortunately , as you try to exit,   there are   50 “want-to-be” actresses, waiting to audition for the part you just lost ------- and  carefully checking you out. Now, you feel even worse than before.

II.                   PREVIEW SENTENCE: Today I would like to share the positives and negatives of my struggle to become a working actress.


I.                     The positive part of trying to be an actress.

A.      Creativity

B.       Acting lessons

C.       Dance lessons

D.      Gains in self-confidence

E.       Learning skills in self-discipline and time management


(TRANSITION: Now that you understand the positive side to this existence, let’s look at the negative side.)

II.                   The negative part of trying to be an actress.

A.      Problems  connected with working as a waitress at night.

1.Lack of sleep

2.Lack of money

3. Lack of time for classes and other necessities

                                        4. Medical problems

                a. Sore feet

                b. Sore back

                c. Hoarse throat

B.       Dealing with  rejections.


                                        2.Agents and Producers

C.       Lack of family support


I.                     Summary statement:  As you can see from this speech, the life of a struggling actress is not an easy one.  You have to learn many survival skills such as  coping with rejection,  managing time and staying on a budget.  On the positive side, however, the creative benefits far outweigh the negative aspects. In addition, the skills I have learned in self-discipline will be valuable tools for my future.

II.                   Zinger:   Despite the difficulties of this past year, I am  confident that I will make it.  So next year, if   you see my name in lights, don’t be afraid to come up and say hello.  If you’re lucky, I’ll even give you my autograph.




(First Draft assignments must be typed ( 12 font)  and will not be given credit if they are hand-written. (See below.)    Late assignments will not receive credit.)


1. HOMEWORK # 1:        5 pts -    Due: 9/28                  Specific Purpose Statement  and Thesis Statement for

Informative Speech  (Hand-written acceptable.)


2. HOMEWORK # 2:      15 pts.-    Due:  10/5                 First draft of working outline for Informative Speech.

( See Informative form below) (TYPED ONLY)


3..HOMEWORK # 3:       5pts -      Due :  10/2631         Typed  specific purpose and thesis for  Narrative

                                                                                                Speech. ( Life lesson must be included in thesis.)         

                                                                                                Hand-written acceptable.)


4. HOMEWORK # 4:       5 pts -     Due:    11/2               Typed  Specific Purpose and Thesis for Persuasive

                                                                                                Speech. ( Action + Benefits must be included in

                                                                                                Thesis. (Hand-written acceptable.)



5. HOMEWORK #5 :      15pts.-    Due:    11/21                “First Draft” for  Persuasive Speech. (See                                                                                                                        persuasive form below. (TYPED ONLY.)


6. Extra credit assignment to be announced- (5 points)


* Please see First Draft Forms on page below.

INFORMATIVE SPEECH - First Draft Form ( See assignment directions on page 7 of Course Outline.)  



Specific Purpose:  







I.                     Attention-getter:

II.                   Need:

III.                 Credibility:

IV.                 Preview Sentence:









I.                     Summary:

II.                   Zinger:

PERSUASIVE SPEECH-  FIRST DRAFT FORM ( See Assignment  Instructions on page 8 of our Course Outline.)








I.                     ATTENTION :


II.                   COMMON GROUND:


III.                 CREDIBILITY:


IV.                 PREVIEW SENTENCE:



I.                     NEED ( problem)


II.                   SATISFACTION ( solution)


III.                 VISUALIZATION ( benefits)



I.                     ACTION

II.                   ZINGER