Directions for the Ted Talk Speech Analysis Assignment
Please go to www.ted.com This is a brilliant resource for all kinds of speeches.
Find an informative or persuasive speech that interests you. If that speech turns out to be poorly constructed and delivered, you can still write about it.
There are two parts to this assignment. The first part focuses on content; the introduction to the speech. The second part focuses on the physical/vocal delivery of the speaker.
You should write the same amount of words for each part. In other words, do not write five lines about the introduction, 50 lines about the physical delivery, and two lines about the verbal delivery.
The speech should not be one you have already written about in this class.
Unless your essay is correctly formatted, following the sample below, it will not be graded. That means you have to address each topic in the correct order, making sure each topic is in bold, so I can clearly identify the topics. Even if you include all the information requested, if your does essay not look like the format below, it won’t be graded.
(Cut and paste Parts One and Two, then answer each question.)
TITLE OF TEDTALK AND NAME OF SPEAKER
PART ONE: CONTENT
Please view the speech and identify the five components of an introduction listed below. Discuss whether your chosen speech appropriately and successfully makes use of the following components. (If you find a component is missing, write about it.)
PART TWO: DELIVERY
Discuss the speaker’s success, or lack of success, in the following areas:
I expect clear, concise writing that demonstrates you have proofread carefully because there are no grammatical errors. You will lose points if the writing is unclear and you write less than the minimum number of words.
Each topic heading should be in bold. It should be easy for me to identify your central points because you have identified key words in bold. For example, “The speaker’s vocal variety was evident. He spoke with great enthusiasm and energy, although he often used habit words that were distracting.” Do not write two long paragraphs!
Ted Talk Speech Analysis Assignment