Being Dependable Calm Focused and Trustworthy Speech

Posted: January 20th, 2023

Name:                                                                         What do I want to be remembered for?


Attention-Getter: This could be a short story, quotation, statistic, little known fact, etc. the possibilities are endless. Whatever you choose, it should correlate with your speech.
Purpose of the Speech: Introduce the topic of the speech. Example: The purpose of this speech is to allow you all the opportunity to learn a little more about me. (Ideally, your statement can be more developed than the example)
Thesis Statement: (Preview of main points) Example: By the end of this speech you will have learned; ___________, ______________, and ____________ about me.  Note: You may find that constructing your thesis statement differently would be most beneficial for your needs.

Transition: A sentence signaling to the audience the end of the introduction and the beginning of the body of the speech. Example: The first thing I want to talk about is this…


Main Point 1: Overview of what you are going to talk about.

Subpoint 1: Examples supporting your main point.
Subpoint 2: Examples supporting your main point.

Transition Statement: (Now that we’ve talked blah blah blah, we’ll not look at blah blah blah…)
Main Point 2: Overview of what you’re going to talk about.

Subpoint 1:
Subpoint 2:

Transition Statement: A sentence signaling to the audience the end of Main Point II and shifting into Main Point III (if necessary), or conclusion.


Restate the Purpose of your Speech: Tell us again what you planned to have accomplished at the start of your presentation.
Restate your Thesis statement: Remind your audience again of your main points.
Closing Statement: A final sentence, note of finality that serves as a wrap up of your speech. (Note: This is not a Thank you, for listening.) Something you want to leave on your audience’s mind.

Rubric for Research Paper

Outstanding – 20pts
Good  – 15pts
Fair – 10pts
Unacceptable – 5pts

Excellent section headings, indicative of a steady “flow” to the overall paper. Topics and subtopics clearly indicated.
Professional looking.
Good section headings, indicative to a steady “flow” to the overall paper. Topics clearly indicated, could use more subtopics.
Fair section headings, indicative that the paper has “flow”. Topics and subtopics not clearly indicated. Unclear organization of thoughts.
Disorganized appearance.
Relevant topics missing or incorrect, paper has no indicative “flow”.
Not professional.


Highly informative, complete and easy to understand. Appropriate vocabulary is used.
Abstract makes you want to read the paper.
Informative, complete and understandable. Appropriate vocabulary is used.
Somewhat informative and understandable.
Not very informative or understandable.

Thesis is clear, easy to find, and appropriate to the assignment.
Thesis is supported by the rest of the paper.
Paper contains a “roadmap” for the reader.
There is a logical “flow” to the topics/arguments. Conclusion follows clearly from the arguments presented.
Thesis is clear and appropriate.   Thesis fairly well supported.
Paper is fairly well organized.
Conclusion follows from the rest of the paper.
Thesis is fairly clear.
Inconsistent support for thesis. Paper weakly organized. Conclusion is acceptable.
Thesis unclear and/or inappropriate.
Thesis not supported.
Paper is not organized. Conclusion doesn’t follow from the rest of the paper.

The evidence comes from a wide variety of valid sources. The bibliography is complete and reflects appropriate sources.
The evidence comes from the minimum valid sources. The bibliography is complete.
Valid sources are inconsistently used.  The bibliography contains minor formatting errors.
Multiple sources cited  incorrectly.
Bibliography missing.

Arguments are pertinent to the topic.
Arguments are logical, supported with evidence. The key arguments have been made – no major points have been left out.
Arguments are
pertinent to the topic.   Arguments are fairly logical and reasonably supported.
Most key arguments have been made.
Arguments are not consistently pertinent, logical, or supported. Few key arguments have been made.
Arguments not pertinent. Arguments rarely, if at
all, logical and supported.
Almost no key arguments have been made.


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