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The “Knot Hole” Speech

 


Requirements:

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes a human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.” 

- Mrs. Flowers to Marguerite from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings

“This practice allegedly overcame a variety of evils: standing in front of his fellows [classmates] encouraged good posture
and gave a child poise; delivering a short talk made him word-conscious; being singled out made him more than ever anxious
to return to the Group.” 

- Scout on Current Events Speeches from Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird


The “Knot Hole” Speech Rubric

 

NONVERBAL SKILLS

DISTINGUISHED

PROFICIENT

APPRENTICE

NOVICE

EYE CONTACT

Holds attention of entire audience with the use of direct eye contact.

Consistent use of direct eye contact with audience, but occasional lapses.

Displayed minimal eye contact with audience; favors one direction.

No eye contact with  audience; consistently looks down or away

BODY LANGUAGE

Movements seem fluid and help the audience visualize.

Made movements or gestures that enhance speaking.

Very little movement or descriptive gestures

No movement or descriptive gestures. Hands in pockets

POISE

Student displays relaxed, confident nature about self, with no mistakes.

Dress appropriate.

Makes minor mistakes, quickly recovers; shows little or no tension

Dress appropriate.

Displays mild tension; has trouble recovering from mistakes.

Dress distracting.

Clearly tense and nervous; has trouble recovering from mistakes.

Dress distracting.

 

VERBAL SKILLS

DISTINGUISHED

PROFICIENT

APPRENTICE

NOVICE

ENTHUSIASM

Demonstrates a strong, positive feeling about the subject during the entire speech

Occasionally shows positive feelings about subject.

Shows some negativity toward subject.

Shows absolutely no interest in the subject presented.

ELOCUTION

Student uses a clear voice, and correct, precise pronunciation so that all members of audience can hear.

Student’s voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly. Most audience members can hear.

Student’s voice is low. Student incorrectly pronounces words. Audience has difficulty hearing.

Chewing gum during speech.

Student mumbles, mispronounces words, and speaks too quietly for the majority of the audience to hear. Chewing gum during speech

 

CONTENT

DISTINGUISHED

PROFICIENT

APPRENTICE

NOVICE

OBJECT SELECTIONS

Presents three separate objects in story format that relate to self, family and friends

Presents three separate objects in story format that relate to at least two of the categories: self, family and friends

Presents two separate objects in story format that relate to at least two of the categories: self, family and friends

Presents one object in story format that relates to one of the categories: self, family and friends

ORGANIZATION

Presents each object for a least one minute, and with interesting stories. Total time between 3 – 5 minutes. Does not exceed 6 minutes.

Presents two of the three objects for a least one minute with clear stories. Total time between 3 – 5 minutes. Does not exceed 6 minutes.

Presents each object for a least one minute, but stories are hard to follow. Total time between 3 – 5 minutes. Does not exceed 6 minutes.

Presents one object for a least one minute, but story is confusing. Total speech time is less than three minutes.