SPEECHES WILL BE 50 % OF THE OVERALL GRADE
Presentations – general guidelines for all COMM 135 classes:
Students will prepare and deliver a minimum of four (4) graded speeches: two (2) informative speeches and
two (2) persuasive speeches.
A typed, formal outline properly formatted and turned in to the instructor is required prior to each graded
A typed bibliography with at least five (5) sources, all of which must be cited in the speech, will be listed
on the outline. See specifics below for each speech.
No speech may be read from a manuscript.
Students may use note cards only as memory prompts.
Instructors may require submission of speech topics for prior approval. Banned topics include hate speech, religious proselytizing, or advocating violent or illegal acts.
Ethical behavior is measured as per LSUS regulations regarding plagiarism and other forms of cheating.
Student Responsibilities – online class presentations:
Each student must gather an audience of at least seven (7) people who are old enough to understand a
presentation aimed at a college-level crowd for each speech;
Each presentation must be recorded using a fixed camera mounted behind the audience. No zooming or
Panning or editing is allowed. All audience members and the speaker must be visible during the entire speech.
Speech due dates/times will be posted on the course site. Please make sure that your recorded speech arrives prior to the deadline.
The speech must be recorded as it is given in one (1) take. No editing or other tampering with the
recording is allowed. Remember – we are trying to simulate public speaking and there are no “edits” when you give a presentation to a live audience.