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Below I copy and pasted my directions and then the actual homework assignment for my public speaking class, I need a 70
% to pass this class.
Directions
Think about a speech that you would like to present on a topic of your choice. You can use the same speech topic that you selected in Unit 1 or choose a new one.
The speech can be for any context and any length. See the list of example speech occasions and purposes for inspiration.
Download and answer each question in the the Unit 2 Touchstone Template based on the speech you are thinking of: Touchstone_2_Template.doc
Consider your audience, purpose, and thesis and complete Part 1 of the template.
Utilize your program resources, the internet or a local library to find three credible sources that are relevant to your speech and complete Part 2 of the template.
Read through your sources to identify five pieces of evidence that support your thesis and complete Part 3 of the template. Be sure to use at least three different types of sources (example, statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony).
Review the rubric to ensure that you understand how you will be evaluated. Ask a Sophia learning coach if you have any questions.
Review the checklist and requirements to ensure that your Touchstone is complete.
Submit your completed Unit 2 Touchstone Template on Sophia.
NOTE: Units 3 and 4 both require a persuasive speech topic. If you select a persuasive topic in this unit, you will have the opportunity to build and improve on the same speech in the next two units.
Touchstone Support Videos
Evaluating your Sources
Maintaining Relevance and Balance
Speech Occasions
Personal
Speech at a special event (anniversary, wedding, birthday, graduation, funeral etc.)
Demonstration presentation (showing how to do something)
Product analysis and/or recommendation
Academic
Presenting academic work (paper, research, report)
Present original creative work
Academic speech and debate
Community
Speech at a community gathering (PTA meeting, boy/girl scout convention, town hall, homeowner’s association, athletic league, school board meeting, etc.)
Community action speech (asking for something, promoting a policy, or communicating a community initiative, etc.)
Political speech (on behalf of a candidate, yourself as candidate, etc.)
Business
Presenting to staff (new initiatives, pep talks, announcements, etc.)
Presenting to colleagues or peers (idea sharing, status updates, brainstorming, etc.)
Presenting to superiors (project proposal, project plan, project summary, etc.)
Convention presentation (pitching new products, rally speech, teachable moments, etc.)
Submission checklist
_ I have completed all aspects of the template.
_ My answers demonstrate thoughtful consideration of each question.
_ I have selected sources that are credible and relevant.
_ I have selected five pieces of support that are relevant to my thesis.
_ I have selected three or more different kinds of support.
_ I have adhered to all of the requirements.
_ I have read through the rubric and I understand how my Touchstone will be evaluated.


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Public Speaking Touchstone 2 Template
Complete the following template, including all parts. Fill out all cells using complete sentences, aiming for one to three complete sentences for each cell of the template.
PART 1: TOPIC
Purpose
What are you
hoping to achieve with this speech?
Audience
Who will be
in your audience? What do you know about them?
Thesis
What is the
key message of your speech?
PART 2: SOURCES
SOURCE 1
Source Title
Author(s) Name
Retrieved from
Where did
you get this source? Include location, book, periodical, url, etc.
Age
How recent is
the data or information presented in your source?
When was the source published? If the source is a website, when was the
website last updated?

Depth
What does
the source cover?
How well-researched and detailed is the
source? How much depth is the topic
covered in?
How is this content and level of detail relevant to your purpose, audience,
and message?
Author
How is the
author qualified to speak on the topic?
What is the authors purpose?
What biases might they have?
Is the information the authors opinion alone or is it supported by cited
facts?
Money
Who funds the
website or publication?
Are there items endorsed or for sale? If so, what items?
What is the reputation of the website or publication?
SOURCE 2
Source Title
Author(s) Name
Retrieved from
Where did
you get this source? Include location, book, periodical, url, etc.
Age
How recent is
the data or information presented in your source?
When was the source published? If the source is a website, when was the
website last updated?

Depth
What does
the source cover?
How well-researched and detailed is the
source? How much depth is the topic
covered in?
How is this content and level of detail relevant to your purpose, audience,
and message?
Author
How is the
author qualified to speak on the topic?
What is the authors purpose?
What biases might they have?
Is the information the authors opinion alone or is it supported by cited
facts?
Money
Who funds the
website or publication?
Are there items endorsed or for sale? If so, what items?
What is the reputation of the website or publication?
SOURCE 3
Source Title
Author(s) Name
Retrieved from
Where did
you get this source? Include location, book, periodical, url, etc.
Age
How recent is
the data or information presented in your source?
When was the source published? If the source is a website, when was the
website last updated?

Depth
What does
the source cover?
How well-researched and detailed is the
source? How much depth is the topic
covered in?
How is this content and level of detail relevant to your purpose, audience,
and message?
Author
How is the
author qualified to speak on the topic?
What is the authors purpose?
What biases might they have?
Is the information the authors opinion alone or is it supported by cited
facts?
Money
Who funds the
website or publication?
Are there items endorsed or for sale? If so, what items?
What is the reputation of the website or publication?
PART 3: SUPPORT
SUPPORT #1
Support
What is the
piece of support (example,
statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony) that you are
going to use in your speech? E.g. “50
%
of all American voters…”
Type of Support
What type of
support is it? Is it an example,
a statistic, an analogy, a definition, a visual, a story, or a testimony?

Relevance
How does
this piece of support reinforce your message?
SUPPORT #2
Support
What is the
piece of support (example,
statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony) that you are
going to use in your speech? E.g. “50
%
of all American voters…”
Type of Support
What type of
support is it? Is it an example,
a statistic, an analogy, a definition, a visual, a story, or a testimony?
Relevance
How does
this piece of support reinforce your message?
SUPPORT #3
Support
What is the
piece of support (example,
statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony) that you are
going to use in your speech? E.g. “50
%
of all American voters…”
Type of Support
What type of
support is it? Is it an example,
a statistic, an analogy, a definition, a visual, a story, or a testimony?
Relevance
How does
this piece of support reinforce your message?
SUPPORT #4
Support
What is the
piece of support (example,
statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony) that you are
going to use in your speech? E.g. “50
% of all American voters…”
Type of Support
What type of
support is it? Is it an example,
a statistic, an analogy, a definition, a visual, a story, or a testimony?
Relevance
How does
this piece of support reinforce your message?
SUPPORT #5
Support
What is the
piece of support (example,
statistic, analogy, definition, visual, story, testimony) that you are
going to use in your speech? E.g. “50
%
of all American voters…”
Type of Support
What type of
support is it? Is it an example,
a statistic, an analogy, a definition, a visual, a story, or a testimony?
Relevance
How does
this piece of support reinforce your message?
PART 4: REFLECTION
What have
you learned from completing this activity?

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