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WRITTEN SPEECH RUBRIC

SKILLS 4 3 2 1
Appropriately focused Focused topic with Somewhat focused topic A lack of focus or
topic with a clearly partially demonstrated or a vague sense of the confused purpose, which
Topic communicated understanding of the purpose for the speech, result in confusion on the
understanding of the purpose for the speech which require the part of the audience
purpose for the speech audience to make
assumptions
Clear and convincing Clear use of facts and Partially clear use of facts Confusing or incomplete
Research command of facts and information with partially and information with facts with little and/or
Analysis information with insightful developed explanations in limited or incomplete confusing explanations as
explanations that help to support of the speaker’s explanations to support to how the facts support
illustrate the speaker’s ideas or arguments the speaker’s ideas or the speakers ideas or
ideas and arguments arguments arguments
Clearly and logically Clear attempt at Some inconsistencies in A lack of organization
organized speech with an organization with a organization and/or a lack makes it difficult to follow
Organizati engaging introduction, a beginning, middle, and of sustained focus the speaker’s ideas;
on logically sequenced body end and an attempt to use throughout the speech speech may be too
with appropriate transitions with inconsistently use conversational and may
transitions, and a clear transitions ramble without a clear
and convincing beginning, middle, or end
conclusion. Manipulates
sentence length and word
order to enhance the total
effect of the essay
Uses sophisticated and Uses appropriate Use words that may be Inappropriate use of
varied language that is language and word unsuited to the topic, language distracts the
Language suited to the topic and choice, but with less audience or purpose of audience because it is too
audience; word choice is sophistication, the speech; word choice informal or too imprecise
concise, original, and expressiveness and/or lacks originality and fails given the topic and
effectively conveys the originality to convey an appropriate purpose of the speech
appropriate tone given the tone for the speech
purpose of the speech
Incorporates at least three Incorporates at least two Incorporates at least one Fails to incorporate any of
different rhetorical different rhetorical rhetorical device from the the following rhetorical
Rhetorical devices from the list devices from the list list below several times devices from the list
Devices below several times below several times throughout the speech: below: polysyndeton,
throughout the speech: throughout the speech: polysyndeton, asyndeton, asyndeton, antithesis,
polysyndeton, asyndeton, polysyndeton, asyndeton, antithesis, anaphora, anaphora, antistrophe,
antithesis, anaphora, antithesis, anaphora, antistrophe, metonymy or metonymy or synecdoche.
antistrophe, metonymy or antistrophe, metonymy or synecdoche.

synecdoche. middle. word choice lacks informal or too imprecise concise. audience or purpose of the audience because it is too audience. language distracts the Language suited to the topic and less sophistication. original. pace and . word choice is expressiveness and/or speech. Appeals All three appeals are All three appeals are An attempt at using all Either not all appeals fluidly clearly used throughout three appeals is made. Manipulates sentence length and word order to enhance the total effect of the essay Uses sophisticated and Uses appropriate language Use words that may be Inappropriate use of varied language that is and word choice. and end sustained focus throughout speaker’s ideas. projects voice for the and rarely projects voice. speech may n logically sequenced body and an attempt to use the speech with be too conversational and with appropriate transitions. and originality originality and fails to given the topic and purpose effectively conveys the convey an appropriate tone of the speech appropriate tone given the for the speech purpose of the speech Speaks with clarity and Speaks with clarity and Speaks with clarity and Seldom speaks with clarity projects voice during entire projects voice. fails to vary tone. synecdoche. a beginning. middle. Delivery speech. uses appropriate pace and emphasis majority of the speech. but with unsuited to the topic. varies tone. transitions inconsistently use transitions may ramble without a clear and a clear and convincing beginning. or end conclusion. are obvious or they are and naturally scattered the speech to effectively although there may be used ineffectively throughout the speech persuade your audience some imbalance or the with persuasion may be slightly a balance that effectively ineffective aids in your persuasion without making it feel forced or contrite ORAL SPEECH RUBRIC SKILLS 4 3 2 1 Clearly and logically Clear attempt at Some inconsistencies in A lack of organization makes organized speech with an organization with a organization and/or a lack of it difficult to follow the Organizatio engaging introduction.

and interest. but varies tone. pace and emphasis to throughout the speech. but it’s not between 4:00-4:14 minutes. Length of is between 4:45-5:00 speech is between 4:15-4:29 minutes. and remains mostly interested. the audience enthusiasm. gestures significantly speech. necessary. Length of speech 4:30-4:44 minutes. audience the audience shows a lack of Effectivene attention is maintained. attempts to present enhance speaker’s words. professionalism. gestures at some speech. but struggles to do gestures are used sparingly enhance the speaker’s points in an attempt to so. Varies all when Length of speech is between of the speech. audience enthusiasm. words. Overall enthusiastic. presents self with enhance the speaker’s sparingly and do not always speaker’s words. and the purpose of ss the purpose of the speech is and the purpose of the the purpose of the speech is the speech is not achieved achieved speech is achieved only partially achieved Appeals All three appeals are fluidly All three appeals are An attempt at using all Either not all appeals and naturally scattered clearly used throughout three appeals is made. is made at presenting self self with professionalism. no attempt professionalism. Speaker remains Speaker shows some Speaker shows limited Speaker lacks enthusiasm. always effective. are obvious or they are throughout the speech with the speech to effectively although there may be used ineffectively a balance that effectively persuade your audience some imbalance or the aids in your persuasion persuasion may be slightly without making it feel forced ineffective or contrite Physical Uses appropriate and Uses appropriate and Attempts to use appropriate Fails to use appropriate and Appearanc effective eye contact effective eye contact and effective eye contact effective eye contact e throughout entire speech. tone. attempts to present self with with professionalism. Length of speech is the speech. interest is not sustained. minutes. gestures are used and do not enhance words. emphasis throughout some speech. . throughout most of the throughout most of the throughout the speech. pace and emphasis throughout the enhance the overall effect of not always effectively.