Select one speech given in class today (other than your own) that you really enjoyed and/or learned something from and explain why you enjoyed it and/or what you learned from it in a well-developed 1-2 paragraph blog post. If you did not find any of the speeches particularly enjoyable and/or informational, explain why. Read and substantively comment on at least 3 peers' posts. Your post and comments are due by 8 a.m. Sept. 22.
Read the article "The Basic Building Blocks of a Great Speech--Part 4." Go back and review the Informative TED Talk that you focused on in your last blog post and answer the following questions about it in 1-2 well-developed paragraphs:
Select one informative TED Talk. After watching and taking notes on the talk, write a well-developed 1-2 paragraph blog post in which you discuss the following:
1) What was the talk topic? Summarize it briefly.
2) What techniques did the speaker use to explain their topic?
3) Which techniques were effective and why?
4) Which were ineffective and why?
Be sure to hyperlink to the TED Talk you are reviewing or embed it in your post so that those who wish to watch it can locate it easily.
Read and comment on at least 3 peers' posts. Your post and comments are due by 8 a.m. Sept. 15.
I have laryngitis, so we will not have class today. We will make up today's session on Monday, so bring in your attention grabber as well as the draft of your informative speech on Monday. If you do not have an approved informative speech topic, you should email it to me ASAP so that I can approve it and you can begin researching and drafting it.
I will post the blog post prompt for Monday's blog post later this afternoon.
The novelist Stephen King claims that when he writes, he writes for his Ideal Reader, who happens to be his wife. As he's writing, he imagines what his Ideal Reader's reaction will be to what he's writing-will they laugh at the parts that are supposed to be funny, will they be frightened when they're supposed to be, etc. He images his Ideal Reader reading over his shoulder and that makes him write better and for a specific audience whose opinion he values.
If you had to select someone to be your Ideal Audience Member during your speeches this semester, who would it be and why? Select someone whose opinion you value and whose presence in the audience would make you want to develop and deliver the best speech you possibly can.
Explain your ideal audience member in a well-developed 1-2 paragraph blog post. You should also read and comment substantively on at least 3 peers' posts. Your post and comments are due by 8 a.m. Sept. 10.
Complete a blog post that assesses your impromptu speech by answering the following questions in paragraph form:
1. What are your feelings about yourself as a speaker after giving an impromptu speech?
2. What do you think was most effective about your speech?
3. What do you think was least effective about your speech?
4. After giving an impromptu speech, what do you see as the most important criteria for effective speeches from the speaker’s point of view?
5. After listening to others’ impromptu speeches, what do you see as the most important criteria for effective speeches from the audience’s point of view?
Read and comment substantively on at least 3 peers' posts. Your post and comments are due by 8 a.m. Sept. 8.
I realized after class that some of you may find my honesty a little harsh. I don't sugar coat things because sugar coating reality will not help you succeed in college. And I do care and hope that each of you succeeds in college. I do, in fact, care if you do your work. And I do actually enjoy reading your blog posts and doing so does not feel like work at all because I enjoy reading about your experiences, feelings, and ideas and what you are learning in the class. However, I feel that some of you need a wakeup call. It's not enough that I care about your success in the course. You have to care about it too. I understand that the transition to college is a difficult one, especially if your high school did not adequately prepare you. But the sooner you understand and accept the challenges of being a college student, the sooner you can begin enjoying all of the awesome things about being one, as well (like actually learning something instead of just memorizing stuff temporarily for a test).
With that in mind, I want everyone to get your webpages and blogs published (if you haven't already done so) and start participating in the blog discussions of the concepts being covered in class and in the homework assignments so that you can be active learners and contributors to the learning of others.
And don't forget that your Informative Speech topic is due on Wednesday. Just write it down on a piece of paper; I'll take them up at the start of class. Read the instructions for the Informative Speech carefully. Topics that do not conform to the assignment will not be approved and you MUST have an approved topic before you can give your Informative Speech. I will not accept email submissions of topics unless you have an excused absence.
Today, we focused on 3 components of the communication process: using concrete, vivid, and clear language; using precise, descriptive & emotive body language; and listening carefully and providing feedback on what you hear.
Which did you find the most difficult to do and why?
Answer this question in a well-developed 1-2 paragraph blog post. Read and comment substantively on at least 3 peers' posts.
Posts and comments are due by 8 a.m. Sept. 3.
After watching the TED Talk "5 Ways to Listen Better," reflect on and relate the ideas presented to your own personal experiences in a well-developed, 1-2 paragraph blog post.
You should also read at least three peers' blog posts and comment on them. Please make your comments substantive: if you can relate to the post explain why/how, if you like it explain why, etc. Your comment should be well-developed and should add to the discussion that we are having about the ideas presented in the TED Talk.
Your blog posts and comments on your peers' posts are due by 8 a.m. Aug. 27.
You should create and publish your ePortfolio website and blog page ASAP. I will need to link your blog to the class blogs page on this website and I cannot do so until you publish your website and create your blog page. I need both of these done no later than noon Monday, Aug. 25. If you publish your website after that deadline, you will need to email me and let me know that you've done so (I will not keep checking to see if you've published it).
The sooner you begin the process of creating and publishing your website, the sooner you will identify any problems you might encounter and can seek assistance from me.
In order to make sure you understand how to create and publish posts to your blog, I encourage you to complete a practice post. If you have any trouble getting your blog set up or posting to it, please let me know ASAP.
Your practice post should address the following prompt:
In a well-developed 1-2 paragraph blog post, discuss how you think communication technology in general (smartphones, the Internet, etc.) and social media in particular (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have both positively and negatively impacted the oral communication process, using specific examples from at least one of the essential elements of the communication process (outlined on pg. 10-13 of your Communicate! textbook).
You should also read and substantively comment on at least 3 peers' blog posts. This article gives a quick overview of how to provide good comments on a blog post.
Your post and comments are due no later than noon Aug. 25.