The purpose of this assignment is to integrate the work that you have done thus far in planning your informative speech. It should reflect your preliminary work in progress as you have ascertained what topic to select in light of your audience analysis, how you have shaped the thesis and purpose statement in light of your preliminary research. You will also demonstrate your understanding of the various forms of support materials and how to develop bibliographic citations for the various types of documents you have found using the APA format.
This assignment is closely tied to specific course objectives. It provides students an opportunity to further develop speaking and listening competencies for effect speech composition and delivery. This assignment, specifically the annotated bibliography component, also provides students with a mechanism to appreciate how spoken communication is used to critically examine facts, values and policies.
Part 1: Informative Speech Plan
1.Include a list of the ten topics that you had initially considered while you were generating your initial list of brainstormed topics.
2.Explain your process of narrowing down to ONE topic in light of the feedback you received from your classmates and insights from the Audience Analysis Questionnaire and discussion held in the class.
3.Next explain how you will give focus to your topic by developing each of the following: ◦A specific purpose statement that alludes to the audience and specifies the precise goal for the speech: “My audience will …..” The purpose statement should be: a) a declarative statement, b) written as a complete sentence rather than a title or sentence fragment, c) descriptive and specific rather than vague, and d) focused on one idea.
◦A thesis statement that provides a summary of the speech. You can also find guidelines for developing the thesis statement in Chapter Eleven.
Part 2: Annotated Bibliography
For the second part of this assignment, you will list research materials in bibliographic form that you have found on your topic and evaluate these sources as an annotated bibliography. For your reference, here is a guideline on annotated bibliography. You should find five sources as follows:
Note: You are at liberty to use a range of types of research strategies. One helpful strategy is to go to the Northern Virginia Community College Library site. There you can search for a variety of types of sources.
1.One Book: If you are doing a speech relevant to your major, consider a text book for this. If you draw on the NVCC library, click on the tab at the library webpage for “Books and eBooks.”
2.One Scholarly Journal Article: Journals can be located by using a specialized database in a given academic field by clicking on the tab for “Research Guides” and selecting your field, or use the “Articles” tab and then choose “Recommended Databases for Most Topics” to find a more general database. Good starting points for this are Academic Search Complete click the box for Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals. Another useful tool is ProQuest, where you can click on Proquest Research Library to select a field of academic inquiry. Each of these resources will also enable you to limit your search to full-text sources.
3.One Newspaper or Magazine Article: From the NVCC Library page, select “Articles” and then “Recommended Databases for Most Topics.” The best sources to use in terms of breadth of topics available are Academic Search Complete where you can narrow to newspapers, or Proquest and select Proquest Newstand.
4.One Credible Website or Media Clip: As you select websites, draw on the criteria for judging the credibility of Internet materials found in Chapter Six of our text. For media materials, the NVCC library includes a tab for Audio and Video.
5.The fifth resource is your choice
For each of these sources, do the following:
1.Write the APA format citation that you would include in your references list. Formatting for each type of material can be found in Chapter Six. Be sure to distinguish between APA format and MLA. NOTE: If you have any questions about APA style and annotated bibliography, you may post your questions in the Ask a Librarian Forum. ELI librarians are here to help you!
2.List your sources by alphabetic order, using the last name of the primary author of each work you are citing.
3.Write a one paragraph summary of the source using your own words. Make sure to label the type of source (e.g., Book, Website, Journal Article, etc.).
4.Write another paragraph evaluating the source. Will it be a helpful source to include in your speech? Why or why not? How does it provide information that will demonstrate the main points that you will develop in your speech and/or provide information for connecting with your audience?
Type and single space your responses using 12 point Times New Roman font.
For your reference, here is a sample annotated bibliography, Example Annotated Bibliography.pdf.
1.Include Part 1: the Informative Speech Plan and Part 2: Annotated Bibliography in one Word document and save it as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Use this format for your filename: LastName_FirstName_CST100_Informative_Plan_Annotated_Bibliography.extension.
2.Click the link above the title of this assignment to upload your submission as an attachment.
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