COURSE OUTLINE AND GENERAL NOTES ON PROCEDURE
Prof. D. Kraut
Office: LS 131 J:
Speech 1/ 3050 – T/Th -
Office Hours: M/W - ( LS 131J)
Tues. - ( 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
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.
AUDIENCE ANALYSIS AND CHOICE OF SELECTION:
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.
ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMINATIONS:
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.)
NO MAKE-UP EXAMINATIONS:
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.
NO LATE PRESENTATIONS:
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.
FAILURE TO TAKE FINAL EXAMINATION:
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.
academic policy of
ATTENDANCE/PROMPT ARRIVALS/ CLASS PARTICIPATION: 100 POINTS
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:
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.
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.
LATE POLICY PROCEDURE:
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
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS:
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.
SYLLABUS AS COMMITMENT :
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.
1. ATTENDANCE/PROMPT ARRIVALS/PARTICIPATION 100 POINTS
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
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.
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.
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
9/5 Lecture/discussion (
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
9/28 Lecture/discussion: HOMEWORK # 1 DUE
Research and planning for
Informative Speech with visual aid.
10/3 LIBRARY- Room 192-MAIN CAMPUS- promptly.
See pgs. 219 - 221 for help with documentation of sources and alphabetical “Works Cited” page. MLA format required.
10/5 Lecture/discussion + Peer Editing HOMEWORK #2 Due
10/10 Lecture: Narrative
Exam #2- Ch. 8-16 + Ch. 23 _______________________________________________________________________________ ______
11/21 Lecture: Persuasion HOMEWORK # 5 DUE.
11/23 Lecture (Continued) + Peer review
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SPEECH PRESENTATIONS:
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.
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.
b. First job
c. Family/friends/ room-mates/school
e. Marriage/ birth of a child/divorce
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:
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.
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.
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)
INFORMATIVE SPEECH - First Draft Form ( See assignment directions on page 7 of Course Outline.)
IV. Preview Sentence:
PERSUASIVE SPEECH- FIRST DRAFT FORM ( See Assignment Instructions on page 8 of our Course Outline.)
I. ATTENTION :
II. COMMON GROUND:
IV. PREVIEW SENTENCE:
I. NEED ( problem)
II. SATISFACTION ( solution)
III. VISUALIZATION ( benefits)