Sample Course Materials

I have collected here a sample of class exercises, grading rubrics, and lectures that I have prepared for various courses.


In-Class Activity: Pseudo-Final Exam

Colorado State University •SPCM 200 - Public Speaking

Fall 2018

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Objective:

Provide a low-stakes opportunity for students to benchmark how prepared they are for an upcoming final exam. The activity also provides space for students to share their knowledge with one another, and develop a “road map” of what areas they should focus on when reviewing for the exam.

Details:

This course is structured such that the primary student assignments are four speeches throughout the semester. Although there are small quizzes throughout, the final exam at the end of the semester is the first large-scale formal assessment of course content. Therefore, I design the last few days of class to help students transition from a “speaking-only” mindset and prepare to take a formal final exam. This is one type of review-activity that I use which takes the course content that we’ve been discussing and utilizing throughout the semester and placing it into a more traditional exam format. I believe that the purpose of a review session is not just for the instructor to “re-teach” material from the semester, but rather to help each student develop an individual study plan. With that in mind, I created this activity to help each individual student map out what they currently know, and where they should emphasize their studying and reviewing.


In-Class Activity: Developing Speaking Notes

Colorado State University •SPCM 200 - Public Speaking

Fall 2018

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Objective:

Provide opportunities for students to practice adapting a full sentence preparation outline into a condensed speaking outline

Details:

One of the important skills that I teach in my public speaking classes is how to prepare effective outlines and speaking notes. I emphasize the difference between a full-sentence preparation outline, which includes all of a speaker’s ideas and arguments, and speaker notes, which contain only enough information to keep the speaker on track. Being able to effectively develop speaking notes will help students reduce the amount of “reading off” they do doing their speeches, and provide opportunities to develop as a confident and effective public speaker.


Sample Grading Sheets: Informative Speech

Colorado State University •SPCM 200 - Public Speaking

Fall 2018


Example critique sheets from the Informative Speaking unit. This collection comprises examples of an A, B, and C speech as well as my comments and feedback for each.

Speech Requirements:

  • 4-6 Minute speech that conveys useful or interesting information

  • 4-6 unique sources cited orally within the speech

  • Utilize at least 1 visual aid


Sample Lecture: Evaluating Internet Sources

Colorado State University •SPCM 200 - Public Speaking

Fall 2018

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Learning Outcomes:

Example critique sheets from the Informative Speaking unit. This collection comprises examples of an A, B, and C speech as well as my comments and feedback for each.

Active Learning Activity:

  • Students placed into pairs, and each was given one of two potential articles:

  • For around 10 minutes, students briefly read the articles and evaluate based on the 6 criteria that were presented in the lecture

  • As a class, spend 5 minutes reviewing what students noted for each of the articles. Typically they will immediately find Article #1 as non-credible, but will need assistance to find shortcomings of Article #2.