- Think about an informative speech that you would like to present on a topic of your choice.
- The speech can be for any context and any length, but the purpose must be to inform. See the list of example speech occasions for inspiration.
- Download and answer each question in the the Unit 2 Touchstone Template based on the speech you are thinking of
- Consider your audience, purpose, and thesis and complete Part 1 of the template.
- Utilize your program resources, the internet or a local library to find three credible sources that are relevant to your speech and complete Part 2 of the template.
- Read through your sources to identify five pieces of evidence that support your thesis and complete Part 3 of the template. Be sure to use at least three different types of sources (example, statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony).
- Review the rubric to ensure that you understand how you will be evaluated. Review the checklist and requirements to ensure that your Touchstone is complete.
- Demonstration presentation (showing how to do something)
- Product analysis
- Presenting academic work (paper, research, report)
- Present and explain original creative work
- Sharing relevant information at a community gathering (PTA meeting, boy/girl scout convention, town hall, homeowner’s association, athletic league, school board meeting, etc.)
- Communicating a community initiative or policy
- Presenting to staff (new initiatives, pep talks, announcements, etc.)
- Presenting to colleagues or peers (idea sharing, status updates, etc.)
- Presenting to superiors (project plan, project summary, etc.)
_ I have completed all aspects of the template.
_ My answers demonstrate thoughtful consideration of each question.
_ I have selected sources that are credible and relevant.
_ I have selected five pieces of support that are relevant to my thesis.
_ I have selected three or more different kinds of support.
_ I have adhered to all of the requirements.
_ I have read through the rubric and I understand how my Touchstone will be evaluated.
- All writing must be appropriate for an academic context
- Follow academic writing conventions (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting)
- Composition must be original and written for this assignment; plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited
- Use a readable 11- or 12-point font
- Submission should include your name and the date
- Submit a single file only, including the answers to all questions
- Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx.
|Proficient||Acceptable||Need substantial Revision|
|Response Quality 15 points||Answers all questions in the Touchstone 2 Template, consistently demonstrating thoughtful consideration. Demonstrates correct understanding of relevance and credibility.||Answers all questions in the Touchstone 2 Template, primarily demonstrating thoughtful consideration, but some responses are lacking in detail or insight. Minor aspects of relevance and credibility are misunderstood.||Answers most questions in the Touchstone 2 Template but shows limited consideration; responses lack detail or insight. Demonstrates some misunderstanding of relevance and credibility.||Answers are absent or very limited.|
|Purpose, Audience, and Thesis: Informative Speech 15 points||Includes a purpose, audience, and thesis that are aligned, clear, and specific.||Includes a purpose, audience, and thesis that are somewhat vague, lacking in detail, or are not well aligned.||Includes a purpose audience and thesis, however they are not well aligned, they are vague, lacking in detail, or one element (purpose, audience, or thesis) has not been listed.||Does not include audience purpose and thesis.|
|Sources 20 points||Includes three different sources that are relevant and credible.||Includes three different sources, however one of the sources is lacking in relevance and/or credibility.||Includes three different sources, however two of the sources are lacking in relevance and/or credibility, or only two sources are included.||Includes only one source or does not list any sources and/or listed sources are all lacking in relevance and/or credibility.|
|Support 25 points||Includes five different pieces of support that directly support the thesis. Includes three or more different types of support.||Includes five different pieces of support, however one or two pieces of support do not directly support the thesis. Includes two different types of support.||Three or four of the pieces of support do not directly support the thesis. Includes one type of support.||All pieces of support do not support the thesis or includes no support.|