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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 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?

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