Post Your Informative Speech Topic Here Before Class on Tuesday April the 9th

What is required:

On informative speech day you will need to present an informative speech no less than 5 minutes and no more than 7 minutes. This speech is worth 10% of your grade and an additional 5% for a mandatory outline. That is a total of 15% and you will not be allowed to give your speech if you do not have an outline to turn on the day of the speech. Your outline is a serious component of this speech and should not be overlooked or taken for granted. You have to option of picking any topic, but there are several parameters and after you turn in a topic proposal I may ask you to slightly or completely change your topic. 

Remember the OUTLINE is an important part of your speech. It is worth 5% of your grade, but this is not suppose to take up a lot of time or take that much effort. The outline should not take that much time because you should already have your resources. Your outline should take less than 45 minutes. An outline is a skeleton of a speech. There should NOT be paragraphs, it should be a mere handful of sentences.

Remember what it is that I am grading you on, I am not grading your typing and formatting abilities. I am not really grading your ability to even form grammatically correct sentences. What I am grading you on is your ability to:

1. organize your information
2. adhere to the structure, 
3. include reliable sources, 
4. form a thesis statement
5. Being concise 

Reference sections

I am looking for at least 3 key pieces of information in your reference sections in your outline and at least 2 in your speeches:

In outline:
1. Author Name
2. Year of publication
3. Title 

For example: 
Smith, J. (2012). The life of Jane Smith.

In speeches:
1. Author name
2. Year of publication

For example:
According to Smith 2012...

HERE is an example outline.

This assignment is DUE March 7th at 2:30pm; your actual speech will take place the following Tuesday or Thursday. You MUST provide a copy of your selected piece for your dramatic reading and a simple thesis sentence about what you intend to argue with your selection. You CAN NOT give a speech until you have turned in this assignment.

Please use form 2, bring a hard copy to class ONLY IF YOU CAN NOT USE FORM 2.

    Form 2 - Submit your assignment by copy and paste

Your assignment is to complete the library's online orientation and take a trip to the library. This assignment is due no later than 2:30pm Tuesday February, 19th. Remember there is NO CLASS tomorrow February 12th so you can visit the library. You need to provide me proof that you did BOTH the online orientation and have visited the actual library by bringing a book that you checked out. Please choose a book that has something you would at lease consider reading in front of class.

(information about the orientation from the library's website)  PILOT is a self-paced interactive tutorial that teaches information literacy skills. It contains six modules. Each module is designed to take less than 60 minutes from registration through the final quiz. Actual time spent on each module will vary depending on students' familiarity with the topics. It's available 24/7 and is free for all students.

Proof of Completion: Each module in PILOT contains a self-grading quiz at the end. Your students can send their quiz results to your email. Please remind your students that they need to register at the beginning of PILOT to be able to email you their quiz results. Since students are allowed to take the quizzes multiple times, we recommend that students be required to pass the PILOT quizzes with a score of at least 85% or better.

If you would prefer a face to face orientation or an orientation specifically for ESL students then please schedule an orientation with the library immediately.  

The Face-to-Face Workshops are offered throughout the semester, including evenings, and Saturdays. Students attend these on their own time. They must sign up in advance for these 50-minute sessions at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library. The workshops are held in LR 220.

Session A: Brief tour; locate library books using LOIS; learn Inter-Library Loan.
Session B: Databases: Locate full-text magazine/journal/newspaper articles online in databases such as EBSCO.
ESL level A and B: The same as Sessions A and B above but recommended for ESL students.

Proof of Completion: Students will receive a "Proof of Completion" slip after successfully completing a face-to-face session and the accompanying quiz.

Here is your first assignment. This assignment is DUE  02/14/2013. This assignment will make use of your analytical skills. I would like all of the answers to make one paragraph. Please read the speech below and answer the following questions by submitting the assignment form:

1. What is the central theme or main point of this speech?

2. What do you imagine the speaker sounds like? What is the tone or emotion of the speech?

3.Can reading this speech a different way produce a different meaning than the one you described above (explain)?

4. What are your final thoughts/impressions of this speech?

Farewell to Baseball Address

July 4, 1939; Yankee Stadium
By Lou Gehrig

Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career to associate with them for even one day?

Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert – also the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow – to have spent the next nine years with that wonderful little fellow Miller Huggins – then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology – the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy!

Sure, I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift, that’s something! When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that’s something.

When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles against her own daughter, that’s something. When you have a father and mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it’s a blessing! When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that’s the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I might have had a tough break – but I have an awful lot to live for!

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