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WRITTEN SPEECH RUBRIC

SKILLS 4 3 2 1
Appropriately focused Focused topic with Somewhat focused topic A lack of focus or
topic with a clearly partially demonstrated or a vague sense of the confused purpose, which
Topic communicated understanding of the purpose for the speech, result in confusion on the
understanding of the purpose for the speech which require the part of the audience
purpose for the speech audience to make
assumptions
Clear and convincing Clear use of facts and Partially clear use of facts Confusing or incomplete
Research command of facts and information with partially and information with facts with little and/or
Analysis information with insightful developed explanations in limited or incomplete confusing explanations as
explanations that help to support of the speakers explanations to support to how the facts support
illustrate the speakers ideas or arguments the speakers ideas or the speakers ideas or
ideas and arguments arguments arguments
Clearly and logically Clear attempt at Some inconsistencies in A lack of organization
organized speech with an organization with a organization and/or a lack makes it difficult to follow
Organizati engaging introduction, a beginning, middle, and of sustained focus the speakers ideas;
on logically sequenced body end and an attempt to use throughout the speech speech may be too
with appropriate transitions with inconsistently use conversational and may
transitions, and a clear transitions ramble without a clear
and convincing beginning, middle, or end
conclusion. Manipulates
sentence length and word
order to enhance the total
effect of the essay
Uses sophisticated and Uses appropriate Use words that may be Inappropriate use of
varied language that is language and word unsuited to the topic, language distracts the
Language suited to the topic and choice, but with less audience or purpose of audience because it is too
audience; word choice is sophistication, the speech; word choice informal or too imprecise
concise, original, and expressiveness and/or lacks originality and fails given the topic and
effectively conveys the originality to convey an appropriate purpose of the speech
appropriate tone given the tone for the speech
purpose of the speech
Incorporates at least three Incorporates at least two Incorporates at least one Fails to incorporate any of
different rhetorical different rhetorical rhetorical device from the the following rhetorical
Rhetorical devices from the list devices from the list list below several times devices from the list
Devices below several times below several times throughout the speech: below: polysyndeton,
throughout the speech: throughout the speech: polysyndeton, asyndeton, asyndeton, antithesis,
polysyndeton, asyndeton, polysyndeton, asyndeton, antithesis, anaphora, anaphora, antistrophe,
antithesis, anaphora, antithesis, anaphora, antistrophe, metonymy or metonymy or synecdoche.
antistrophe, metonymy or antistrophe, metonymy or synecdoche.
synecdoche. synecdoche.

Appeals All three appeals are All three appeals are An attempt at using all Either not all appeals
fluidly clearly used throughout three appeals is made, are obvious or they are
and naturally scattered the speech to effectively although there may be used ineffectively
throughout the speech persuade your audience some imbalance or the
with persuasion may be slightly
a balance that effectively ineffective
aids in your persuasion
without making it feel
forced
or contrite

ORAL SPEECH RUBRIC


SKILLS 4 3 2 1
Clearly and logically Clear attempt at Some inconsistencies in A lack of organization makes
organized speech with an organization with a organization and/or a lack of it difficult to follow the
Organizatio engaging introduction, a beginning, middle, and end sustained focus throughout speakers ideas; speech may
n logically sequenced body and an attempt to use the speech with be too conversational and
with appropriate transitions, transitions inconsistently use transitions may ramble without a clear
and a clear and convincing beginning, middle, or end
conclusion. Manipulates
sentence length and word
order to enhance the total
effect of the essay
Uses sophisticated and Uses appropriate language Use words that may be Inappropriate use of
varied language that is and word choice, but with unsuited to the topic, language distracts the
Language suited to the topic and less sophistication, audience or purpose of the audience because it is too
audience; word choice is expressiveness and/or speech; word choice lacks informal or too imprecise
concise, original, and originality originality and fails to given the topic and purpose
effectively conveys the convey an appropriate tone of the speech
appropriate tone given the for the speech
purpose of the speech
Speaks with clarity and Speaks with clarity and Speaks with clarity and Seldom speaks with clarity
projects voice during entire projects voice; varies tone, projects voice for the and rarely projects voice;
Delivery speech; uses appropriate pace and emphasis majority of the speech; fails to vary tone, pace and
tone, pace and emphasis to throughout the speech, but varies tone, pace and emphasis throughout the
enhance the overall effect of not always effectively. emphasis throughout some speech. Length of speech is
the speech. Varies all when Length of speech is between of the speech, but its not between 4:00-4:14 minutes.
necessary. Length of speech 4:30-4:44 minutes. always effective. Length of
is between 4:45-5:00 speech is between 4:15-4:29
minutes. minutes.

Speaker remains Speaker shows some Speaker shows limited Speaker lacks enthusiasm,
Overall enthusiastic, audience enthusiasm, the audience enthusiasm, audience the audience shows a lack of
Effectivene attention is maintained, and remains mostly interested, interest is not sustained, and interest, and the purpose of
ss the purpose of the speech is and the purpose of the the purpose of the speech is the speech is not achieved
achieved speech is achieved only partially achieved
Appeals All three appeals are fluidly All three appeals are An attempt at using all Either not all appeals
and naturally scattered clearly used throughout three appeals is made, are obvious or they are
throughout the speech with the speech to effectively although there may be used ineffectively
a balance that effectively persuade your audience some imbalance or the
aids in your persuasion persuasion may be slightly
without making it feel forced ineffective
or contrite
Physical Uses appropriate and Uses appropriate and Attempts to use appropriate Fails to use appropriate and
Appearanc effective eye contact effective eye contact and effective eye contact effective eye contact
e throughout entire speech, throughout most of the throughout most of the throughout the speech;
gestures significantly speech, gestures at some speech, but struggles to do gestures are used sparingly
enhance the speakers points in an attempt to so; gestures are used and do not enhance
words, presents self with enhance the speakers sparingly and do not always speakers words, no attempt
professionalism. words, attempts to present enhance speakers words, is made at presenting self
self with professionalism. attempts to present self with with professionalism.
professionalism.