Brydon, S.R., and Scott, M.C. (2000) Between One and Many: The Art and Science of Public Speaking (3rd edition). Mountain View, CA:  Mayfield Publishing Co.

Goals and Objectives:


Attendance: Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. Three absences will be excused for medical or personal reasons. Use these wisely and only when necessary. Each additional absence will result in a deduction of two points from your final grade. Three tardies (more than ten minutes late to class) = one absence. Anyone missing six sessions is subject to automatic failure. A writing and speech course involve collaborative work and are not correspondence courses. If, for example, you miss a session, you need to find two individuals to review what you missed.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the use of the words or ideas of another without proper acknowledgement or documentation. Plagiarism is grounds for failure of the course.

Gordon Rule: (English Only!) The Gordon Rule requires you to write a minimum of assessed writing in the course. You must make a C or better in this course for it to count toward fulfilling graduation requirements.


Speeches:  Narrative = 
Cultural Diversity = 
Persuasive =                 
50 points
100 points
100 points
200 points
Tests: Mid-term = 
Final = 
200 points
200 points
Class Participation: Four  Full Sentence Outlines @ 25 = 
Peer Evalutions = 
100 points
50 points 


Speech Assignment Specifics:

Presentation Policies: You must be prepared to deliver your speech on the assigned speech date. Failure to present on the assigned day will result in one full letter grade reduction.

Narrative Speech: One effective way to begin speaking to others is to tell a story. We all enjoy hearing an interesting, entertaining, or inspirational story. Your first assignment is to tell the class a story. This may be about an event that shaped your life, or something you have heard or read about, or it may be designed to illustrate a moral. A full sentence typed outline is due the day you present your speech. (Time Limit: 2 - 3 minutes)

Cultural Diversity Speech: Everyone has been influenced by the culture they inhabit. Race, ethnicity, gender, and religious practices, are all part of your culture. How aware are you of the cultural diversity in our society? Explore one aspect of diversity by investigating your personal family heritage or interviewing someone with a cultural background different than yours. Narrow your topic so that it can be effectively covered in your allotted speaking time and organize your thoughts using a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. A full sentence typed outline is due the day you present your speech. (Time Limit: 3 - 5 minutes)

Informative Speech: This speech is aimed at getting the audience some basically factual material which they either have not understood previously or have understood incompletely. You will work with your team to create a presentation utilizing visual aids. Each team member will speak five minutes. You must cite at least three outside sources both in the text of your outline and your bibliography. Further details to follow...

Persuasive Speech:  What do you see in our culture that represents a negative trend? Using your knowledge of the process of persuasion, select a topic which you feel strongly about and which represents a need or problem. Show the audience how the need or problem affects them and how they personally should consider the problem. Be sure that your arguments are supported with information from your outside research and that your sources are clearly cited both in the text of your outline and in a bibliography. Practice your presentation until you are able to deliver it with the confidence and commitment needed to persuade an audience. (Time Limit: 5 to 7 minutes)