Speeches, Cont.

by hlegris

Kenny posted this link and I thought that I would reblog it because the points are all quite relevant to any future-fantastic-speech-makers (you). I also wanted to take the time to post a few comments that I shared with some students who emailed me and to begin to clarify a bit more what you’ll ideally have for Wednesday.

First, a reminder about some general objectives for the speeches. So, if you’re having trouble, remember that: the idea is (put simply) that 1. you talk about a place that you think is central to your identity 2. you give us an understanding of how you relate to that place and in what ways it is important to you and 3. that you write about and/or research the place in a way that emphasizes personal (or general) importance and makes us feel like we are there. So, the idea of the speech revolves around 1. who you think you are and conveying a part of that self to the audience and 2. how a specific place is important to you/your understanding of yourself now.

The ‘full speech’ is due on Wednesday. You will upload it to Blackboard (I’ll send more instructions later, probably via email) – but when I say ‘this document’ what exactly do I mean? (Well, there are several ways of going about this.) You will have to:

1. you must turn in your powerpoint or prezi with images and your works cited at the end (if you need one)

2. you must also turn in your revised speech outline document (you’ll make changes after Monday’s review session)

3. if you have written out a speech for yourself (in full) then you will upload that, too – I say if because some of you will want to write this document out and others will not (it depends upon what makes you feel more prepared). However, if you do not write your speech out, then I expect your outline to be more more thorough, thoughtful, and to include transitions and full sentences – this may mean that you will want to make an additional outline, one that would contain what you would want on your notecards, for example. Just so you know, this isn’t an invitation to be a slacker, it is an opportunity to thoroughly prepare for your speech in a way that makes the most sense to you as a public speaker.

– a note on notecards: on your speech day, you are allowed to have a total of 5 notecards to refer to as you are speaking. You can write full sentences, but you CANNOT READ YOUR SPEECH from the cards. These sentences can be your choice, but, for example, on your initial notecard you may want 1. your introductory sentence 2. another note to yourself about where you’re going next 3. your thesis statement and 4. a transition sentence that leads to the body of your speech.  You will turn these notecards in to me after you speak.

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