Speech 1 Project Dates Your first speech is due Tuesday, September 7th,

Speech 1 Project Dates
Your first speech is due Tuesday, September 7th, and Thursday, September 9th. Project progress assignments (different grades) related to this project are the sentence and working outline due Tuesday, September 7th at 8:00 am.
What – Speech 1 Prompt
As we grow as a people and learn more about the world, our perception of it changes, our assumptions and beliefs. What’s something that you once thought was true but have since reconsidered? It could be something more serious about politics, family, friendship, or love. Maybe it’s something more straightforward and more lighthearted. Perhaps broccoli is not as gross as you once thought, which led you to a personal journey of discovering new opportunities. For this first speech, you will share with the class a specific belief or assumption that you no longer hold and discuss the process of how your opinion changed.  
The first speech is an assignment with lower stakes than the other projects that do require research to work on structure and delivery before delving deeper into other aspects of public speaking. This also allows you to ensure you understand requirements for this class, like outlining and delivery that can significantly affect your grade.
The prompt is designed to fulfill three goals. First, it acts as a self-introduction speech, allowing your instructor and your classmates to get to know you a little better. Second, it encourages critical thinking on building and changing worldviews, which will tie into later lessons. Third, for a speech to fulfill the prompt, you must craft a unique address to you and your experiences, which avoids more generic informative speeches and persuasive messages.
Below  is a checklist with the requirements for this speech and submission information. Please read these carefully and communicate any questions with your instructor as not fulfilling the needs of a speech can result in a D or F grade.
This speech project is 10% of your final grade. All speech projects are graded with the COMM 1315 Rubrics. Outline formatting does not add points to your grade but can result in deductions.
The lessons on Canvas were designed to help you work towards meeting these requirements and exceeding them, towards reaching for that “Outstanding” speech if that’s what you’re going for. Students who do well on speeches generally study these lessons and reach out to their instructors for additional help. In office hours, your instructor can help you brainstorm topics, provide feedback as you develop those topics, coach you on writing and organization as you work on your outline, and more. Some of this can be done over email, but it’s much more efficient and rewarding through office hours. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re striving to do well in this class!
Speech 1 Project Requirements
☐ Fits Speech Prompt
See “Speech 1 Topic Help” and “Informative or Persuasive” for assistance. Note that a trivial topic lacking importance can result in a D. an issue that does not fulfill the assignment can result in an F.
☐ Is Informative in Tone
See the note about speech prompts above.
☐ 4 minutes (3-5 minutes)
This speech is a four-minute speech, and you have a one-minute window on either side. This means that your speech needs to be at least three minutes long and cannot be longer than five minutes. You are responsible for keeping time; it’s recommended to have a timer set up as you’re speaking. Speeches that do not meet the time requirements (too short or too long) will have five-point deductions.
☐ Extemporaneous
☐ Speech is prepared with a full-sentence outline and keyword outline. Outlining resources and the outline grading form are on Canvas. Up to 20 points can be deducted for outlining formatting errors. Note that not turning in an appropriate outline (manuscript) or not using your keyword outline (reading the speech) does not fulfill the assignment’s requirements and, as such, could earn an automatic D or F according to our rubric.
☐ Speech is delivered using the keyword outline and speaking conversationally. Not doing so could result in an automatic D or F. In this format, where we’re not all giving speeches in the same room, we have limited ways to check that you speak extemporaneously. So, to ensure that you fulfill the requirements, you will need to:
☐ Use your keyword outline (note cards – one per minute- or one page (handwritten or printed). Note that the complete sentence outline is meant for preparation purposes, and speaking from it is an automatic D.
☐ Repetition here- but do not read your speech off of another screen. At best, this is a failing speech, according to the rubric. At worst, it’s academic dishonesty if you’re pretending to give a speech according to the requirements but skirting around those rules.
☐ Research – No research is required for this speech. (It’s not a great idea to do too much research as the prompt is best fulfilled when using personal support).
☐ Visual Aids are not allowed for this speech as we don’t want to detract from practicing the extemporaneous style. If you would like to use a visual aid, reach out to your instructor for permission.  
☐ Submits all materials for the final project by the due date.
                ☐ The final draft of both outlines in “Speech 1 Final Outlines Submission.”
These can be in the same document. Should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf formats. If you lack a printer and chose to handwrite your speaking notes, images of those notes are also an acceptable way to turn in the keyword outline.
For each speech, there will be a self-evaluation and a peer evaluation. Peer evaluations happen within your small groups on a discussion board. When you submit your speech video to your instructor, you will also post the link on this discussion board. You and your peers will have some time to watch and provide feedback to your classmates after submitting the final speech project.