COMM201- Public Speaking and Rhetorical Persuasion

Persuasive Preparation Worksheet

Directions

Complete this worksheet to focus in on the controversial topic you chose for your persuasive presentation. Once you complete this worksheet, upload it to receive instructor feedback. You can then begin developing an outline for your presentation. Please review the rubric on the last page of the document.

Before beginning the drafting process, establishing the purpose and audience for your topic will help you make decisions about the best way to reach your audience. This will also allow you to find the best evidence to support your persuasive point.

Use the Persuasive Preparation Worksheet provided to complete this step of the presentation preparation.

Once you have completed the Persuasive Prepation Worksheet, submit the worksheet to the course to receive instructor feedback. You can then begin the drafting process.

Step 1: The Topic

What is the topic of your speech?

Why did you chose your topic, and what do you already know about it?

Step 2: Brainstorming Questions

Now that you have explored what you know about your topic, list questions about your topic. You want this list to be as long as you can make it. Don’t feel confined by simple questions about background information. You will find that type of information as you research. Instead, dig deeper into questions that encourage thought and connections. These questions will guide your research process.

Read through the questions you generated. What questions are interconnected or related? What patterns do you see? What questions can be combined into more detailed, focused questions?

Step 3: Purpose Statement

What is the specific persuasive purpose of your presentation?

What do you want from your audience—for them to change their opinion or for them to take action?

Step 4: Audience

Who is the target audience of this persuasive speech—the “change makers”? How may this audience require you to adapt your speech to persuade them?

Step 5: Supporting Materials

Locate two reliable and credible sources that will provide evidence for your persuasive speech. Read and annotate the sources carefully to ensure you have a strong understanding of their information.

For each source, include the following:

• Cite the source using APA format

• Summarize the source: What is its the main purpose? What conclusions does the author make? This should be in your own words with no direct quotations. The more precise and thorough your summary, the more helpful it will be when you begin to prepare your speech.

• Evaluate the source: Identify what makes the source reliable (currency, relevance, authority, purpose/point of view)? Are there any concerns or weaknesses in the article? How will this source be beneficial as you move into the drafting process?

Source 1

Source 2

COMM201 – Portfolio Project Preparation Worksheet Grading Rubric

Criteria Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Needs Improvement Points

Topic and Brainstorming

25 points 23-25 points

Student clearly identifies an appropriate topic for the portfolio project. The student brainstorms several questions to guide the research process. 18-22 points

The student identifies a topic, but the topic may not be the most appropriate for the portfolio project. The student brainstorms a few questions, but the questions may be too broad to guide research. 0-17 points

The student does not clearly identify a topic, or the topic is not appropriate for the portfolio project. The student does not brainstorm questions.

Purpose and Audience

30 points 27-30 points

The student identifies the purpose and audience for the presentation and demonstrates an understanding of the consideration of the audience. The purpose and audience are appropriate for the portfolio project. 21-26 points

The student identifies the purpose and audience for the presentation. The student could demonstrate greater understanding of how to persuade the audience. The purpose and audience may not be the most appropriate for the portfolio project. 0-20 points

The student does not identify the purpose and audience for the portfolio project, or the audience and purpose are not appropriate for the portfolio project.

Supporting Materials

30 points

27–30 points

The student includes two credible sources. The student summarizes the sources in their own words and evaluates the credibility of the sources. It is clear how the sources will support the student’s argument. 21–26 points

The student includes two credible sources, but the sources may not be the most appropriate. The summary may be too brief, or the evaluation may not be thorough. 0–20

The student includes fewer than two sources, or the sources are not credible or appropriate. The summary is too brief, is not in the student’s own words, or the evaluation is absent or too brief to demonstrate careful analysis.

APA format

15 points 14–15 points

The student creates two references in APA format. The full references contain only minor errors that would not inhibit identifying the source. 11–13 points

The full references are in APA format but may contain minor errors. 0–10 points

The student includes fewer than two references, or the references are not in APA format.

Instructor Comments: Total Points: