Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Storytelling Presentations

-Logistical planning
-Presentation and recording of stories

-Review your outline feedback
-Be prepared for a workshop day tomorrow

Friday, May 9, 2014

Presentation Review

-Outlines (hand in)
-In-Class Review of past speech

Reviewing Our Speeches

  1. Watch your speech from beginning to end to get a general idea of how it went
  2. Watch the video a second time and answer the following questions.  Your answers should be in complete sentences and very specific in order to help you for your next speeches.  (Besides, you will be sharing this for a grade.)
    • How did the speech go overall?
    • How was the volume of your voice?
    • How was the tone of your voice?
    • Did you use appropriate emphasis of certain words? (inflection, etc.)
    • Did you use gestures?  How much?  Did they distract or add to your presentation?
    • Did you establish the four components of ethos?  Which?  How? (You might need to check back in your notes for this one.)
    • What is one thing that you want to focus on changing/improving for your next speech? (Your main focus)
    • What is one thing that you want to focus on keeping the same/incorporating into your next speech that you did well here?
  3. **If you finished this in ten minutes or fewer, you need to go back and add more detail**

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


-When to use which types of supporting ideas
-Storytelling Tips
-Analysis of Professional Storytelling: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-BBplb7TnM
-Story Survey

Story title?
  1. Which part of the story will you focus on in your three minute presentation?
  2. Are there any words that you do not recognize?  List them here.  Look up their pronunciation, and write that out here.
  3. Which characters are in your story?  What type of voice will you use when they are speaking?
  4. Are there any key sections of your text during which you will need to make eye contact with your audience?  Which section is this?
-Decide on a story for tomorrow
-Make sure that you have kept up with your paper research so that you will be able to continue work in class tomorrow

Workshop Day: Notes


  • Decide which note system you would like to use
  • Work on creating the notes throughout the class period
  • Final notes due Fri.
    • 5 sources, including 1 library source (this can be from a database)
  • Thursday you will have some more workshop time

Monday, April 28, 2014

Library Day II

-Meet in library
-Continue looking at databases

-Be prepared for a workshop day tomorrow
-5 sources w/ notes completed will be due in class on Friday

Agenda for the rest of week 4/21

Wed--Finish with notation discussion + Salesman Improv
Thurs--Finish Salesman Improv w/ Improvements based on theater tips
Fri--Library Day

-Keep in mind that you need 5 credible sources, one of which needs to be a source from your work in the library whether it is from a database or a book

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Organizing our Sources 1


  • Personal Knowledge Inventory
  • Review of how we currently organize
  • Organization using index cards
  • Finish any practice cards you have yet to do

Monday, April 21, 2014

Introduction to Improv

-What is Improv
-Expectations for Improv (handout)
-Whose Line Scenes
-Scenes from a Hat

-Finish analysis of five sites for your research-based speech

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Navigating Supporting Detail


  • Review of Narrative Analyses
  • When to use which Supporting Details
  • Partner Scenario Analysis
    • Find sample supporting details when you are done
  • None

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Supporting Your Ideas: Narratives

-Bell Work
-Homework Review
-Narrative Supporting Details Notes
-Narrative Samples

-Submit your topics if you have not already

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Supporting Your Ideas: Examples

-Proactive Commercial Review of Testimony
-Review of homework
-Types of Examples Notes
-South Korea Speech

-Analyze the type of example use the in the SK speech
-Topics due by Tuesday at the latest

Supporting Your Ideas: Testimony

-Bell Work
-Review of Testimony WS
-Reading Sample Speech

-Come to class with an analysis of one testimony from the sample speech

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Supporting Your Ideas: Facts and Stats

-Facts, Stats, + Opinions Notes
-Analysis of Sample Speech: "School Choice: Past, Present, and Future"

-Complete Analysis

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Audience Demographics

-Make up speeches
-Make up bell work
-Audience Demographics Overview
-A look at websites for gathering information

-If you will not be here tomorrow, complete the audience demographics sheet for Proctor.  Use the sites that we went over in class.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Audience Adaptations: Inaugural Addresses Link

Now that we have examined FDR's Inaugural Address together, it is time for your to consider how another president's speech is adapted for his audience.  Not only should you consider who is in attendance--which was largely the same, though began to reach more people once they started to be televised--you should consider the time period of the speech and how it is reflected in the speech content and diction (word choice).  The site will provide you with a little bit of background, but you may need to delve deeper.  Your output from this endeavor should be a marked-up copy of the speech and a half-page explanation of the main things that you discovered while looking at it (in relation to adapting for an audience).


Monday, March 10, 2014

Adjusting for your Audience

-IC check-in
-Journal: What do you need to consider about a group of people before you present something to them?  What did you consider before you went up in front of the class with your own speeches of introduction?
-Analysis of Sample Speech

Homework:  Finish reading or watching the speech.  Identify how SOFASMIA is present in this speech.  Discuss how FDR adjusts his speech and crafts his words to meet the needs of his audience.  (Take a look at the intro paragraph to the speech if you are lost.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Peer Review Day

Ms. Hoffmann
Public Speaking
Spring Semester 2014

Speech of Introduction Peer Review

Questions to Answer (while listening to the speech):

  1. Before you answer any of these, prepare a timer to begin when your partner starts speaking.  
  2. What is the message (thesis) of your partner's introductory speech?  
  3. Does your partner exhibit goodwill and dynamism when he or she speaks?  (Point to examples. If you do not remember what goodwill or dynamism are, you will need to look back in your notes.)
  4. Does your partner avoid doing anything distracting while he or she is talking? (Think back to our sample videos.)

Questions to Answer (after the speech):
  1. Fill out your sample rubric for your partner.  Be as detailed as possible.  Include the exact amount of time that the speech took on the back of the rubric.  
  2. Does the speech flow as it currently is designed?  Does it follow one of the structures that we discussed in class?
  3. Is your partner able to give the speech with no more than a Key Note Outline for reference?
  4. Is there anything that needs to be clarified in the speech?  What exactly?
  5. What is one part of the speech that you really liked and would not change?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Components of Ethos

-Sample Speeches for Analysis

  • http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/obrien/commentary/what_im_about_comm.html
  • http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/obrien/no_commentary/what_im_about.html
  • http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/obrien/no_commentary/when_life_gives_you_lemons.html
  • http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/obrien/commentary/when_life_gives_you_lemons_comm.html
-Analyze Speech: http://www.mhhe.com/socscience/comm/obrien/no_commentary/deaf_culture.html
-Be prepared for tomorrow's peer review

Monday, March 3, 2014

Workshop Time

-Review of Rubric for the Speech
-Workshop Time
-Feedback on Full Outlines

-Speech due Thurs.
-Ethos notes coming tomorrow

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Speech 1: Choosing a Topic and Expanding on It

-Journal: Review your self-awareness inventory, and star the topics that you do not mind sharing and that you believe would work for your first speech.  Free Write on one of these topics to help you get all of the details that you will need for a speech that is the length of five to seven minutes.

-Sample Passage Analysis: Karic's "A Little Chocolate."

-Be prepared to continue working on your speech

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Your First Speech: Step 1: Choosing a Topic

-Powerpoint Notes: How to Tackle a Speech
-Self-Awareness Inventory

-Finish Self-Awareness Inventory

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ad Presentations

-Presentation of Ads
-Review of EPL

-Take-home quiz due tomorrow
-Speech #1 due Monday (We will be working on this in class throughout the week)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Review of Ethics + Intro to Communication Anxiety

-HW Check and Review
-Intro to Communication Anxiety
-Communication Anxiety Quiz

-Finish the quizzes
-Mon: Ad Due
-Tue: Take-home quiz due

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Public Speaking Ethics II

-Review HW
-Finish PPT
-How to avoid plagiarism
-Plagiarism scenarios

-Work on ad
-Plagiarism scenario identification

Public Speaking Ethics I (late)

-Bell Work Presentation
-Ethics PPT
-Ethical Standards--Own v. National

-Read over the standards and decide if there are any that you would add or omit.  When are these standards challenged?
-Ads due Thurs.

Friday, February 7, 2014

EPL Ad Creation

-Discussion Session
-Rearranging upcoming sessions
-Ad activity

-Complete your ad for 2/13/14

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

-Review EPL homework arguments
-Ad Stations/Analysis
-Ticket out the door: Most effective ad

-Think about how TV ads do the same thing
-Be prepared for our fist discussion circle

Monday, February 3, 2014

Components of Public Speaking

-Finish up Power Point
-Viewing: MLK "I Have a Dream" Speech
-What are the components that we see in MLK's speech?

-Complete a diagram of the seven elements for a mock speech for your favorite sport.  (See directions in the packet.)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Ideas of Good Public Speaking

-Review Speeches + Why Chosen
-Begin Powerpoint on the foundations of PS

-None.  Bring packets to continue work tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What does speaking tell us about someone?

Sample Texts:

  • Choose a clip of a movie speech that resonates with you (2-4 minutes in length).  Be prepared to explain why you believe it is a good example of public speaking as well as why the speech sticks out in your mind.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Welcome to Public Speaking

-Syllabus Overview
-Bell Work Overview
-Bell Work Sign-ups
-What are you hoping to get out of this course?