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