The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to critique a public speaker. You are to attend a LIVE (not televised) event where someone is speaking for at least 10 minutes. It can be a school, church, club, business or other setting. You do not have to personally know the person who is speaking.

The critique is to be 2-3 double-spaced pages.  You will need to create a title page with the title of the speech you attended, the speaker’s name, the location, date of the event, and your name.  This assignment is due by SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 and should be emailed to Dr. Crouch as an attachment. The attachment must be a Microsoft Word Document file (.doc or .docx) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Assignments received .wpd cannot be opened and therefore will not be graded.

Each critique must address the following, but should be in paragraph (not outline) format:

I. Description of Situation (10 points)

                A.            Occasion

                                1.             Time of day

                                2.             Any significance of occasion to the speaker.

                                3.             Any significance of occasion to the audience.

                                4.             Purpose of speech (entertain, inform, persuade)

                B.            Audience

                                1.             Size of the audience

                                2.             Type of room/setting

                                3.             Physical characteristics of the setting

                C.            Identity of Speaker

                                1.             Name

                                2.             Biography (as much as possible)

                                3.             Background (as much as possible)

                D.            Special Circumstances

II.            Speech Content (40 points)

                A.            Subject

                B.            Introduction

                C.            Thesis statement

                D.            Body

                                1.             Major points in the body/content

                                2.             Pattern of organization

                                3.             Types of evidence used in speech

                E.            Conclusion

III.          Evaluation of the Speaker (40 points)

                A.            Type of delivery (impromptu, manuscript, memorized)

                B.            Appearance and dress

                C.            Gestures, bodily action and facial expressiveness

                D.            Voice

IV.          Overall Comments (10 points)

                A.            Final Evaluation

                B.            General Effectiveness of Speaker

                C.            General Audience Impression/Impact

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