Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Workshop: Revise Outlines


  • Outline feedback
  • Final speeches due next Monday

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Workshop: Outlines


  • Index card feedback
  • Outline workshop
  • Complete outlines for tomorrow

Monday, May 23, 2016

Workshop: Note Cards


  • Homework check of one source
  • Continuation of workshop

Friday, May 20, 2016

Note cards (Thurs + Friday)


  • Sample note cards for source
  • Begin own note cards
  • Finish note cards for one of your sources for Monday's class

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Navigating and Organizing our Sources


  • How to do note cards
  • Sample for bison articles

  • Finish sources document for Thursday.  Make sure you have site analyses for all sites found through a regular Google search.

Sample Sources for Note Taking

Source 1-- https://www.doi.gov/blog/15-facts-about-our-national-mammal-american-bison

Source 2--http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/4028314-buffalo-now-national-mammal-after-obama-signs-bison-legacy-act

Sources Workshop

Continue to work on finding your sources.  Remember that a printed Google Doc of your sources is due on Thursday along with site evaluations for any sources that you do not find through the library search engine or through Google Scholar/Books.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Our Own Research


For our research speech, you need to find a total of three to four sources minimum on your topic.  One source must be from Google Scholar, and one source must be from Destiny's Webpath Express.  The others may be from books or a regular Google search.  However, anything from a regular Google Search needs a source evaluation completed to go along with it.

Sites to reference:
  • scholar.google.com
  • https://rcsu.follettdestiny.com/cataloging/servlet/presentwpesearchform.do?l2m=WebPath%20Express
Setting up your Google Doc:

You may save resources to your Google account for Google Scholar or to your backpack on the Webpath site. However, I am asking you to create a Google Doc that keeps all of these links that you initially find in one place.  You probably will find far more sites now than you will use in the speech (the 3-4 sources).  This will help to organize them and to provide you with a single place to reference later for citations.  

Title: Your last name and the word sources

Headings in the document:
1. Links from Google Scholar
2. Links from Webpath
3. Web Links (with a paper evaluation to go with it)

Thursday, May 12, 2016



  • Introduction to Improv
  • Improv Rules 
  • Practice: Charades

  • Start thinking about research for your project.  We will be starting this officially tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Supporting Information: Narratives


  • Narrative Notes
  • Group analysis of sample narratives

  • Make sure that you have everything handed in that you need to

Friday, May 6, 2016

Example Analysis


  • Review Sample Speech
  • Examples Handout
  • Korea Speech
    • 3 examples of examples (quote part and provide page number so that I can find them)
    • Which type of example is it?
    • Does the example work where it is located in the text?  (Does its placement make sense?)  How?
    • Does it contain only important details?
    • Does the author use any transitional words or phrases to introduce it?  Which?
  • Finish example analysis for Monday
  • Finish brainstorming for Monday

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Finding your Specific Purpose


  • Steps on finding a specific purpose
  • How to turn it into a thesis statement
  • Reading Sample: Seuss Speech
  • Review Seuss speech and questions

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Topic Analysis


  • Mind Mapping
  • Topic Questions

  • Start thinking about which topic you might want to focus on

Tuesday, May 3, 2016



  • Brainstorming
  • Topic Charts
  • Media and Internet Prompts
  • None but all forms of brainstorming are due at the end of class

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Supporting Your Ideas: Testimony

  • Types of testimony
  • Examples of testimony
  • Analysis: "An Oral History of the Integration of College Sports"
    • Find 3 examples of testimony and answer the following questions:
      • Quote your testimony
      • Which type is it?
      • Is it a direct quote or paraphrased?  Is the choice the author made between the two a good one?
      • Is the testimony cited in any way?  (Is there a name, a date, a publication, or other credentials listed?)
    • Find 1 example of a fact or stat and answer the following questions:
      • Is it general or specific?
      • What is its context of interpretation?
      • Does it follow the use guidelines? (Refer to the four Rs on your previous handout.)

  • Homework:
    • Project due tomorrow

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Supporting Information: Facts and Stats


  • Review Facts and Stats
  • Use guidelines
  • Analysis of School Choice speech
    • Find five examples of facts or stats and copy them down
    • Answer the following about each:
      • Does it follow the five Rs?  How?
      • Does it have a context of interpretation?  What is it?

  • Finish this analysis of five facts/stats for tomorrow

Friday, April 15, 2016

Adapting to an Audience Project (details and instructions)

Ms. Hoffmann
Public Speaking
Discovering and Adapting to an Unknown Audience Direction Sheet

  • To practice writing and speaking to a specific audience
  • To practice adapting our speeches and framing our messages for a particular audience
  • To practice ethical adaptations.  (In other words, we maintain our position--no flip-flopping--while finding a way to identify with our given audience.)

When it comes to giving speeches, we do not always have the luxury of knowing our intended audience well.  In this case, you will receive an unfamiliar audience to which you will need to present information on a specified topic.  (Your topic and your position on the topic are assigned.  You may not agree with your position, but for the purpose of this practice assignment, I am asking you to work with it to get to our focus on audience.)  You will go through the steps below, which synthesize the important ideas that we reviewed regarding the demographics and dynamics of audiences.  Once you complete them, you should know your audience and topic well enough that you could figure out how to approach your position on your topic with its members.

  1. Read your scenario.  (Located at the end of this handout)  Who is your audience?  What is your speech topic?  Record your answers on the worksheet.

  1. What are your immediate thoughts on your audience?  What do you think would be challenging or easy about addressing this group of people?  Answer these questions on the worksheet.

  1. Perform demographic research for your assigned audience.  You should be using the same sites that you used to perform the Proctor Demographic Research.  Record your answers on the worksheet.

  1. In addition to the research you perform in step 3, look up some local news for your location.  You may find this on an actual news site--if it happens to be in national or regional news--or you may find it on a town’s webpage.  On the worksheet, record any major headlines or issues happening in this setting.  In a paragraph, reflect on the extent to which and how these events may impact what you have to say.

  1. Now that you know a little more about your audience, you need to make sure that you know something about your topic.  Research your topic while paying attention to resources, statistics, information from authority figures, etc. that might appeal to your assigned audience.  Remember that the key here is to maintain your provided position while finding ways to get others to listen to your message.  Record your findings for at least three websites on your topic on the worksheet.  You should include the URL of each site as well as an outline of important points from it.  

  1. Once you have done enough research, write at least half a page explaining how you would hook your audience.  Write this on your worksheet.  Do not skimp on your explanation.  You are not writing any part of a speech.   You should be arguing how you could hook this audience.  

Grading Checklist:
  • List of relevant, immediate issues   (10 points)
  • Demographic research on the group and location provided  (30 points)
  • List of news headlines and paragraph on potential impact  (30 points)
  • Research-based page explaining how you would hook your audience (30 points)

Total   (100 points)

Possible Locations:
  1. Los Angeles, California
  2. Bigfork, Montana
  3. Albany, New York
  4. Miami, Florida
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  6. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Possible Speech Topics and Stances:  
  1. An argument for the right to bear arms (anti-gun control)
  2. An argument to end the death penalty
  3. An argument to restrict immigration
  4. An argument to continue to allow gay marriage
  5. An argument to keep the death penalty
  6. An argument to require body cameras on law enforcement

Ms. Hoffmann
Public Speaking

Discovering and Adapting to an Unknown Audience Worksheet

As you work your way through the directions, record your responses on this sheet.  Remember that the work provided on this sheet will count as credit towards a portfolio piece grade.  You should write in complete sentences (except where you are bullet pointing information) and proofread your work.

Step 1:
  • Who is your audience?   _____________________________

  • What is your topic?  ________________________________

Step 2:
  • What are your immediate thoughts on your audience?
  • What do you think would be challenging or easy about addressing this group of people?



Step 3:  Demographic Research
These steps should be familiar to you from the work you did looking up information on Proctor or another nearby town or city.

1.   What is the age of this audience?
Link of source:
How might this impact your speech?

2.   What is the gender of your audience?
Link of source:
How might this impact your speech?

3.   What is the educational level of your audience?
Link of source:
How might this impact your speech?

4.   What group affiliations does your audience have?
Link of source:
How might this impact your speech?

5.   What is the sociocultural background of your audience?
Link of source:
How might this impact your speech?

Step 4: News
What are some major headlines you notice for your location?  How might these affect your speech?  (Your answer should be in paragraph form.)

Step 5:  Topic Research
  • Source #1
    • Website URL:
    • Information (outlined):


  • Source #2
    • Website URL:
    • Information (outlined):


  • Source #3
    • Website URL:
    • Information (outlined):


Step 6: Hooking Your Audience


Thursday, April 14, 2016



  • Finish dynamics notes
  • What motivates someone?
    • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
    • Appeals to Motivation
  • None

Wednesday, April 13, 2016



  • What makes a good survey
  • Developing a survey
  • Finish your sample survey for tomorrow

Audience Dynamics


  • Begin powerpoint notes on audience dynamics

Friday, April 8, 2016

Gettysburg Address Questions

In a Google Doc that you will print and hand in at the end of class, answer the following questions.  Please do not simply answer yes or no.  You need evidence or examples for each to receive full credit.
  1. What is the language like in the Gettysburg address? Is it complicated?  Is it straightforward?  Support your answer with examples.
  2. Compared with MLK's speech, is it more literal, or does it have more figurative language?
  3. How does Lincoln connect with the audience?  Explain.  (Consider the same things you did for the Inaugural Address you analyzed.)
  4. How relevant would this speech be if given today?  Are there any universal truths in it?

Demographics of Proctor


  • Complete research sheet
  • Finish sheet for Monday