Informative Speech Rubric: 40 points (20 items @ 2 points each) Name____________________________________ Topic:___________________________________ 0 1 2 Topic was not appropriate for a college level audience, speaker, or class and/or The audience learned little or no new or useful information. A more commonplace topic which still required research. Appropriate for a college audience. The audience learned some new materiel from this speech, but a significant portion of the speech was commonly known information. Challenging academic topic that required significant research / critical thinking on the part of the speaker and The audience genuinely learned new material from this speech, and were challenged to think critically. No attempt to arouse attention was made. Attempt to arouse attention was made. Credibility No attempt to relate the topic directly to the speaker was made. A token attempt to relate the topic to the speaker was made. “As an education major …” Relevance No attempt to relate the topic directly to the audience was made. A token attempt to relate the topic directly to the audience was made. “How many of you drive a car?” Thesis Main ideas / preview of the speech were not presented. Thesis was clearly stated OR preview material was presented. Creative and/or unique attempt at arousing the attention of this specific audience was made. The topic was clearly and comprehensively related directly to the speaker. The speaker was established as knowledgeable and trustworthy. The topic was clearly and comprehensively related directly to the audience. The audience was told exactly why they need or want to know this information. Thesis was clearly stated AND preview material was presented. Clarity Main points were not distinct, and relation to the thesis was unclear.. No organizational strategy apparent. Main points were distinct for the most part, but relation to the thesis was maintained. An organizational strategy was apparent, but was not appropriate to the material, or it was not maintained. A majority of the speech was supported with relevant research. Inappropriate sources may have been present or there may have been too much emphasis on a or biased single source. Verbal citations used appropriately for most points in the speech. Main points AND their relation to the thesis were absolutely clear. Transitions present, but not for each section or main point of the speech. Transitions were used between each section and main point in the speech. Transition to conclusion was made, but it was abrupt or rushed. Thesis and main points were summarized, but not consistent with the introduction of body of the speech. Attention was shifted back to the audience. A measured and natural transition to the conclusion was performed. Thesis and main points were summarized. Topic Informative topic / value Introduction Attention Body Organization Research and Support Verbal citations Transitions Conclusion Signaled ending Summary Elicited response Impact statement Research and/or support material absent from the speech. Not present; the audience did not know where this information came from. Transitions not present. No attempt to signal the ending was made. Thesis and main points were not summarized. Attention was not shifted back to the audience. The significance of the topic was not restated. The significance of the topic was addressed, but not related directly to this audience. An appropriate organizational strategy was apparent and maintained throughout the speech. All points were supported with a variety of relevant research. Appropriate verbal citations used for every point in the speech. Attention was shifted back to the audience in a manner that promoted critical thinking after the speech. The significance of this topic to this particular audience was clear. Informative Speech Rubric: continued 0 Delivery Use of notes Vocal variety Entire speech was obviously read or memorized. Vocal aspect was monotone or singsong. Eye contact Speaker rarely looked up from notes. Time limit Written work Formatting Speaker was outside of the time limit. Works cited Comments: Outline was not present, was formatted completely incorrectly, or was handwritten. Works cited was not present, or did not have the required number of sources (5) and/or Works cited was not present, or failed to use MLA or APA format. 1 Speaker was too reliant upon notes. Good use of vocal variety present throughout the majority of the speech. Vocal aspect may have been stilted or affected. Speaker maintained eye contact with the audience for the majority of the speech. --- 2 Speech was wholly conversational and sounded natural. Vocal variety used to the extent that the speech appeared conversational and natural. Significant and natural eye contact maintained for the majority of the speech. Speaker was within the time limit. Outline used the required template with some deviations or missing material. Outline used the required template, and was formatted correctly. Works cited contained the required number (5) of sources, but some or all sources were inappropriate and/or Works cited used MLA or APA format with errors. Works cited contained the required number (5) of acceptable and scholarly sources and works cited used correct MLA or APA format.