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It would be best for you to write your paper as soon as you can after attending the speech you are critiquing. The paper should be four to six pages in length, and double spaced. Use the following outline to guide you to a successful critique and paper. Grammar, spelling, syntax, etc. will be graded as well as content.
Your paper must be peer edited.
Give the first draft of your paper to someone in your
lab to edit. The editor should read and critically
analyze your paper. The editor should comment in writing on
things such as: sentence structure, spelling, content, what they
liked about your paper, where they wanted to read more,
suggestions of different wording, and what (if anything) was left
out (see below for what needs to be included). The editor
should sign their name clearly on the first draft. Then, you
should re-write your final draft based on the suggestions of your
You should hand in your edited signed first draft along with your final draft of your outside speech critique to your TAs during lab any time up to the deadline of the beginning of your lab, the week of Feb. 27-March 3. Do not email attached papers. Papers handed in after this date will received a reduced grade 10% the first week late, 20% the second week, and no credit for the assignment after that.
Your Critique should cover all of the following:
1. Include the date and title of the speech, the name of the speaker along with his or her title or position. Describe the introduction given to the speaker. Did it make you want to listen to him/her?
2. What was the subject of the speech? Describe the audience. Did the speaker speak to the level of his/her audience?
3. Where and on what occasion was the speech given?
4. What was the objectives or purpose of the speech?
5. Did the speaker achieve his/her objectives or purpose? Why or why not?
6. Give examples of the kinds of support (statistics, graphs, video, testimony, stories, examples) used by the speaker. Were they effective? Did they contribute to the speech?
7. Describe the speaker's platform behavior. Include such details as posture, personal appearance, bodily movements, gestures, vocal characteristics and eye contact.
8. Was the speaker's delivery effective or ineffective? Why?
9. Describe the speaker's use of language. Include such details as volume, pausing, filler words, accent, language devices, word choice, articulation, pronunciation, clarity, appropriateness, and propaganda techniques.
10. What was your overall reaction to the speech? What was the audience's reaction?
11. What did you learn that will help you become a better speaker?