Touchstone 2

  1. Think about an informative speech that you would like to present on a topic of your choice.
  2. The speech can be for any context and any length, but the purpose must be to inform. See the list of example speech occasions for inspiration.
  3. Download and answer each question in the the Unit 2 Touchstone Template based on the speech you are thinking of: Touchstone_2_Template.doc
  4. Consider your audience, purpose, and thesis and complete Part 1 of the template.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Review the rubric to ensure that you understand how you will be evaluated. Ask a Sophia learning coach if you have any questions.
  8. Review the checklist and requirements to ensure that your Touchstone is complete.
  9. Submit your completed Unit 2 Touchstone Template on Sophia.

Speech Occasions

Personal

  • Demonstration presentation (showing how to do something)
  • Product analysis

Academic

  • Presenting academic work (paper, research, report)
  • Present and explain original creative work

Community

  • Sharing relevant information at a community gathering (PTA meeting, boy/girl scout convention, town hall, homeowner’s association, athletic league, school board meeting, etc.)
  • Communicating a community initiative or policy

Business

  • Presenting to staff (new initiatives, pep talks, announcements, etc.)
  • Presenting to colleagues or peers (idea sharing, status updates, etc.)
  • Presenting to superiors (project plan, project summary, 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.

Requirements

  • All writing must be appropriate for an academic context
  • Follow academic writing conventions (correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and formatting)
  • Composition must be original and written for this assignment; plagiarism of any kind is strictly prohibited
  • Use a readable 11- or 12-point font
  • Submission should include your name and the date
  • Submit a single file only, including the answers to all questions
  • Acceptable file formats include .doc and .docx.

Name: Date:

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 author’s purpose? What biases might they have? Is the information the author’s 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 author’s purpose? What biases might they have? Is the information the author’s 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 author’s purpose? What biases might they have? Is the information the author’s 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?