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Oratory Evaluation 
Students create a speech that demonstrates their ability to effectively utilize oratorical devices and depict what they consider to be a quintessential American value in contemporary society.
Rubric Code: F246BB4
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Subject: English  
Type: Presentation  
Grade Levels: 9-12, Undergraduate

Powered by iRubric American Oratory
Speechwriting--Introductory Paragraph
  Poor

1 pts

Fair

2 pts

Well Done

3 pts

Organization

Describes who the speaker is, who the audience is, and what the issue is.

Poor

Not a clearly written paragraph, but a group of sentences lumped together on a page. Does not clearly explain who the speaker is, who the audience is, or what the central issue is.
Fair

Organization is not clearly presented or may be confusing. It does explain who the speaker is, who the intended audience is, and what the central issue is.
Well Done

Well-written and organized paragraph. Clearly explains who the speaker is, what the audience is, and what the central issue is.
Explanation

Explains the use of 4 or more oratorical devices and how they contribute to the purpose and intention of the speech.

Poor

Does not name any oratorical devices or only one oratorical device. No clear explanation of how it contributes to the overall meaning of the speech or the intended effect on the audience.
Fair

Correctly identifies and explains 2 to 3 oratorical devices utilized in the speech. May suggest how they contribute to the overall meaning of the speech or the intended effect on the audience with partial accuracy.
Well Done

Correctly identifies and explains the use of 4 or more oratorical devices utilized in the speech and how they contribute to the overall meaning of the speech as well as the intended effect on the audience.
Mechanics

Accuracy in use of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Poor

More than 5 errors in spelling, punctuation, and / or grammar.
Fair

Between 3 and 4 errors in spelling, punctuation, and / or grammar.
Well Done

Less than 3 errors in spelling, punctuation, and / or grammar.
American Oratory
Speechwriting--The Values Speech
  Poor

1 pts

Fair

2 pts

Well-Done

3 pts

Value

The value is clearly defined and makes a claim that is supported by the contents of the speech.

Poor

No clear understanding or explanation of an American value and / or why it is important in our society.
Fair

A somewhat unclear attempt to explain a quintessential American value and its importance in our society.
Well-Done

A gracefully expressed explanation of a quintessential American value and the importance it plays in our society.
Mastery of Rhetorical Devices

The writer chooses rhetorical devices that clearly

Poor

No or little understanding of rhetorical devices and how they are used in the body of a speech.
Fair

Some awareness of rhetorical devices are evident in the text of the speech, but they are not clearly aligned to those presented in Introductory paragraph or do not fulfill the intended purpose.
Well-Done

Masterful use of rhetorical devices in the text of the speech that are clearly aligned specifically to those presented in the Introductory paragraph.
Context of the Speech

Successful ability to capture the speaker and audience as outlined in the Introductory paragraph.

Poor

Speech makes little or no connection to the intended speaker and / or audience.
Fair

Context of the speech is appropriate for the speaker and audience described in the Introductory paragraph.
Well-Done

Context of the speech creatively captures the essence of the speaker and audience described in the Introductory paragraph.
Mechanics

Accuracy in use of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Poor

10 or more errors in spelling, punctuation, and / or grammar.
Fair

Between 4 and 9 errors in spelling, punctuation, and / or grammar.
Well-Done

Less than 3 errors in spelling, punctuation, and / or grammar.
American Oratory
Performance and Delivery of Speech
  Poor

1 pts

Fair

2 pts

Well-Done

3 pts

Memorization

The extent to which the student has committed his / her speech to memory.

Poor

The student reads the entire speech from the printed page or note cards.
Fair

The student periodically glances at his / her notes to remember the contents of the speech to the extent that the flow and delivery of the speech are impeded.
Well-Done

The student rarely or never looks at his / her notes on the speech. It is clear to the audience that the speaker has worked diligently to commit the speech to memory.
Voice

The student's ability to control pacing, volume, and tone to maximize audience engagement.

Poor

Rarely varies pacing, volume, and tone. Does little to assume the personality of the speaker identified in the Introductory paragraph or is often difficult to hear or understand.
Fair

Sometimes varies pacing, volume, and tone for effect on the audience. Assumes the personality of the identified speaker in the Introductory paragraph with some success. Is easy to hear and understand for the majority of the speech.
Well-Done

Varies pacing, volume, and tone for maximum entertaining effect. Successfully assumes the speaker identified in the Introductory paragraph and speaks with clarity and confidence.
Body Language

The student's ability to use eye contact, stance, hand gestures, and facial expressions appropriate to the speaker and audience of the speech.

Poor

Uses little to no effective body language. Student just stands there or refuses to stand before the class to deliver the speech.
Fair

Demonstrates some effective use of body language with inconsistency. Some of the attempts at body language may not be appropriate to the speech or audience.
Well-Done

Uses appropriate body language to maximize audience engagement. Mesmerizes the audience with an outstanding stage presence.



Keywords:
  • oratorical devices, persuasive speech, composition

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