Informative Speech Outline

1. Grading Rubric GCOM 123 (Individual Graded) Informational Group Presentation
Excellent (A)
extemporaneous start,
with appropriate
attention getter,
includes relevance,
audience analysis,
credibility, prepares
audience for thesis,
then strong clear thesis
that contains main
points, and if needed, a
preview. For a group,
usually at least 3 min
or so, or if presenting
individually, 1 minute
or more
Organization/Body Uses transitions,
Clearly defined main
points, parallel to
thesis, cites sources in
appropriate places and
correctly, logical
reasoning patterns
patterns used. Well
researched material.
For both Group
And individual
Satisfactory with room for
improvement (B, C)
Attention getter heard,
audience analysis/relevance
touched on, clear thesis
containing main points or
preview. 2-3 min (group)
45 seconds to 1 minute long
Unsatisfactory (D)
Failing (F)
Abrupt start, reading, brief
mention of audience analysis
or raising of hands, unclear,
broad or understated thesis,
lacks eye contact and
connection with audience,
makes claims without support,
no preview, or clear pattern in
thesis. Less than 2 min
(group) Less than 45 seconds
Reading. Low energy. No
connection with audience.
No audience analysis
shown, lacks clarity, lacks
effort, no preview or clear
pattern in thesis. Less than
1 min (group) Less than 30
seconds (individual).
Easily identifiable main
Uses transitions most of the
time. Links support to
credible sources, cites
sources in appropriate places
and correctly, follows
speech pattern/argument.
Mostly extemporaneous
delivery. Want more eye
Difficult to identify points.
Points not parallel to thesis.
Lacking transitions, and
citation. Some mechanical or
choppy delivery. Need more
eye contact. Low energy or
volume. Sources cited but
incorrectly, citation needed for
some claims.
Reading. Only some
conversational, low energy,
need more eye contact,
difficult to hear, or
understand, main points
brief or broad, not parallel
to thesis. Not supported
well, need more citation.
Clear transition to
conclusion. Provides a
review, and restates
thesis, and includes a
memorable and timely
Vibrant energy, great
posture, confident air,
connected with
audience entire speech,
tons of eye contact,
smiles appropriately,
and interacts facially
with audience.
Planned conversation
organized in a
organization pattern,
smooth pattern of
speech, with regular
intonation and pauses.
Finishes speech very
close to designated
Clearly transitions to
conclusion, brief review and
restate thesis, mostly
extemporaneous delivery,
timely finish.
Rushed short conclusion, very
brief thesis restatement, misses
time mark.
Short (one or two sentence)
conclusion or none. Misses
time mark.
Mostly conversational, no
overtly nervous movement
or energy, connects with
audience most of the time,
lots of eye contact and facial
expressions, mostly fluid
rate of speech with regular
intonations and pauses, little
to no reading or reporting
meter, good energy, smiles
at audience some.
Choppy or mechanical rate of
speech or reading some and
explaining what was read,
intermittent eye contact,
medium to low energy and
volume, nervous movement or
poor posture (stiff, slouched,
leaning, rocking) Few if any
facial expressions, no
connection with audience.
Reading. Mechanical or
memorized delivery. Little
to no eye contact. Few if
any facial expressions.
Low energy. No
connection with audience.
Finishes speech in
appropriate timely fashion.
(within grace period)
Misses the time mark, goes
long or short.
Misses the time mark, goes
long or short. Sometimes
finishes timely because of
reading speech.
Visual Aids
Follows the PP
guidelines. Has
creative and
appropriate visuals that
will enhance the
message, and creates
information hunger for
the audience.
Captured the audience
attention and held it to
the end.
Follows the PP guidelines.
Visuals enhance the
Breaks some PP guidelines
rules, some screens heavy,
some pics detract from
Uses no PP. Has no
Kept the audience with the
speech until the end.
Displayed bursts of energy
here and there that brought the
audience back.
Lost the audience entirely.