ComS 4 Public Speaking

Spring 2009

Tentative course calendar

Monday

Wednesday

Jan 26

Course introductions; meet colleague and present to class

Read Chapters 1,4, 11a-c

Jan 28

Dealing with anxiety; creating good topics

Read Chapter 12

Feb 2

Refining topics; audience analysis

Comments1

Read Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16

Feb 4 

Doing research to enrich content; Comments

Quiz #1

Feb 9

Meet in LIB 0136  Research strategies and resources

 

Read Chapters 17, 18

Feb 11

Library exercise—doing research for your first speech. Meet in library, first floor lobby.

Read Chapters 11d-e, 19, 20

Feb 16

Mapping and outlining your speech; receive order of speakers for first speech

Comments

Read Chapters 22, 30, 31

Feb 18

Clarify purpose and goals; thesis statements; introductions and conclusions

Comments

Prepare full speech for presentation

Feb 23

Practice presentation and feedback (“Triple speak”)

Feb 25

Comments

Quiz #2

See model speeches; grade using rubric for your speech.

March 2

Speeches

March 4

Speeches

March 2 self-evals due

March 9

Speeches

March 4 self-evals due

March 11

Speeches

March 9 self-evals due

March 16

Discussion of presentation experience

March 11 self-evals due

 Chapter23

March 18

Persuasion; topics for persuasion; audience analysis

March 23

Research in library

Read Chapters 21, 24

March 25

Constructing arguments (Toulmin)

Read Chapters 25, 26

March 30

Spring

April 1

Break

 

April 6

Connecting argument and motivation

(Monroe)

Comments

Read Chapter 27

April 8

Creating visual aids

Comments

 

Receive order of speakers

April 13

Practice presentation and feedback (“Triple speak”)

April 15

Quiz #3

See model speeches; grade using rubric for your speech.

April 20

Speeches

April 22

Speeches

April 20 self-evals due

April 27

Speeches

April 22 self-evals due

April 29

Speeches

April 27 self-evals due

May 4

Speeches

April 29 self-evals due

Receive order of poster presentation

May 6

Comments

Creating poster presentations of first or second speech

May 4 self-evals due

May 11

Comments

Poster design

May 13

Poster presented

Final exam day Posters presented

Section 8

May 18 12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

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1Each day noted as Comments, I will choose three students to comment on recent readings. (You may volunteer if you like.) Comments will be pointed and purposeful and will last about 2 minutes per student.  You may choose the specific topic for comment—some idea/s from a segment of the reading.  Your task in the two minutes is to:

 

As second or third speaker, you may not “beg off” saying the previous person spoke about your topic, so prepare alternatives so you can present something fresh to the class.