If you are late tomorrow, your grade will suffer. We need to start class exactly at 9 o'clock. There will be a late sign in sheet tomorrow that you will need to put your name on if you are late.

Last minutes tips:

Bring your books.

Review this blog.

Be prepared to speak.

Reflect on your experiences speaking and your experiences in class.

Revamp your persuasive speech. Make it more convincing and develop a solid plan of action.

Last of all remember, this is a final and it is worth a significant portion of your grade.
This Saturday is our last class and your final. Here is some information for you:

For class on Saturday - I have decided that you do not need to complete an assignment before class. 

As for the final on Saturday - You need to review and practice your persuasive speeches and specifically review the sources for that speech. If you have weak sources, like a bunch of dot coms, then get better sources. Likewise, if you only have one or two sources, then get more. Find better quality sources!  You should also review your book. Look at general issues about speaking and read everything that you can about speaking on special occasions.

Extra credit: I have offered you extra credit. It is worth 5% of your total grade. For the 1 page option you need to contact me about the live event you want to watch. For the 2 and a half to 3 page option: you need to find a speech (an actual speech) of ten minutes or more online or in the library and critique it, examine or make some sort of analysis and argument about it. Your options are pretty open for this assignment, however, I need a link or some way to find the speech you are examining and I expect your paper to have the kind of organization that we have discussed in class. Papers are due by 11pm on Saturday the 12th, you can email them but I would prefer that you brought it to class on Saturday

Feedback from speeches on Saturday: Your speeches on Saturday were good. In general, I wanted to see better calls to action. In other words, I wanted to see better plans and steps that we as the audience could take to do something about the problems that you presented. Some of you presented too many options and should have picked one call to action to get behind. Try not to speak about what you would have spoke about or what you were thinking about doing and try to be more serious overall. A large part of speaking in public is getting people to feel that you are an important and credible person to listen to; you have to make the audience believe what you are saying more. 

Make up speeches: If you need to make up a speech, you need to that BEFORE class on Saturday. I am available on Thursday between 2:30-5. I may be available at other times but YOU need to email me. 
Saturday is a big day! Your persuasive speech needs to be 7-10 minutes. An outline is required to give a speech - your outline needs to be printed on paper. Please be in class and ready to give your speech by 9 am, we will be on a very tight schedule and everyone needs to be on time.

Please utilize the resources on this website. Consider these issues when constructing and developing your speech - if there are major issues with any one area, then the class will have an assignment about it before the final:

Review the outline requirements again and make sure to spend time putting your outline together. 

Remember to have a clear thesis, preview, review and signpost during your speech. 

Visit the library and use better sources for your speeches - pick something better than random dot coms and newspapers (newspapers are good, but use a variety of sources). Have a variety of sources, do not rely on only one source. You need to have a variety of quality sources.

Use your time wisely. Balance your time well and make sure to spend adequate time on each of the points in your speech. 

Visual Aids - Paper or poster aids need to be neat, orderly and well prepared. Do not let visual aids distract from your speech by falling, making noise, being seen when you are not speaking about that particular visual aid. Make sure your power points are sent to me ahead of time or you arrive early to load it on the computer. Power points should have no more than 25 words and you should have no more than 1 slide a minute.

Use note cards effectively. Note cards will harm your speech if you have too much information on them or if you spend too much time reading and fumbling through your note cards then your audience may lose interest. Use notecards to remember your outline and specific names, dates, and quotations that you plan to use in your speech.

This is a speech about advocacy and you should be advocating!

Here is the logical fallacy website:

Remember if you have any questions please email me or comment on one of the blog posts.


I am writing a post about persuasive speeches and I will post it soon, but I want everyone to click on the assignment tab and submit a topic and/or an outline if you have either. 
On Saturday most of you, 18 of 25, gave informative speeches. You did rather well. You learned as much from listening to speeches as you did from giving them. 

Let's consider the fact that our semester is ending rather soon, and we only have 4 more class meetings left over the next 5 weeks (no class Thanksgiving week).

Over these next 5 weeks you have two major goals: (1) a persuasive speech and (2) a final. Your final, which I have yet to talk about, will be an in class intramural on the day of the final. An intramural is a friendly competiton. You will give your persuasive speech twice and if you make it to the third and final round, you will give it a third time. Everyone will watch the final and I will give out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place position. You can use your informative for the final, but you need to increase the time and you should know that persuasive speeches are natural more competitive speeches. I will talk a lot more about this later, but you should know about this now to motivate you to get your speech done now!

Your persuasive speech is going to be exciting and this is where everything we have learned will come together. I am excited to teach you more about persuasive speaking, I say more because I have have been teaching you about persuasive speaking whether you are aware of it or not. Persuasive speaking is an art and a science. In the next post I will outline the requirements for your persuasive speech, we will review some things we have learned about persuasive speaking, and finally we will discuss what you need to do to have a speech that you will be proud of on speech day.

I just want to put this out there as reminder. I don't want to make you nervous or anything, but you really need to make sure you come and give your speech this morning. If you do not present this weeek then you unfairly get another week of prepreation and I will grade you harder, and that is only IF we have the time to let you give your speech next because the chances are that we wont. Get to class today no matter how unprepared you think you are; here is what the syllabus says about missed speeches:

Late Assignments: Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period and will not be 
accepted thereafter.  If you are scheduled to give a speech on a given class day and you miss
it, YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT UP. You may make-up only ONE speech. 
You may make up that speech during the following week in front of the class. If you do not 
make up your speech the following week, I offer only one class hour at the end of the 
semester for make-up speeches. I will only be able to accommodate a maximum of ten total 
make-up speeches on make up day, so plan carefully. Speeches presented on make up day 
are penalized 30%.
Do you have any last minute questions?  Do you need some help? You can comment here or email me as usual. 
Remember this 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...

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If you are watching the speeches for credit, make sure to take notes.