Unit 4.1 Discussion:

Unit 4.1 Discussion: Critiquing Presentations

For this discussion board:

· Watch the speeches “First World Problems” and “How Guinea Pigs Help Autistic Children” in the Readings & Resources.

· Critique the effectiveness of each speaker’s organization and delivery.  How did the choices made by the speaker impact the level of engagement you had with each speech?

· Some areas to note in your critique: an engaging introduction, smooth transitions, credible evidence to support main ideas, concise conclusion with a memorable ending, varied tone of voice, eye contact and other body language.

· In response to your peers, comment on any similarities you shared in your critique of the speeches. (Please respond to at least two classmates’ posts.)



Unit 4.2 Discussion: Select your Informative Speech Topic

Unit 4.2 Discussion: Select your Informative Speech Topic

In Unit 7, you will give a three-minute mini speech on an topic that interests you. This topic could be what you discussed in your “What’s Your Passion?” Video Journal, or another topic in which you would like to inform an audience. Once you select a topic, conduct some research to find three main points to share about your topic, and make a list of three resources where you found your information.

For this dicussion board, share your selected topic for your instructor’s approval as well as your plan for what will be discussed.

In your post, please indicate the following:

1. Topic

2. Three main points about your topic

3. Three references for resources you found when researching your topic

Readings and Resources

Readings and Resources


Wood, J.T. (2017).  Communication in our lives (8th ed.).  Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

· Chapter 12: Planning Public Speaking (pp. 231-242).

· Chapter 15: Informative Speaking (pp. 295-305).

· Chapter 16: Persuasive Speaking (pp.312-329).

Articles, Websites, and Videos:

Dr. Alex Lyon, a Communication professor, explains the differences between informative and persuasive speaking.

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Informative vs Persuasive

Duration: 10:47 User: Communication Coach Alex Lyon – Added: 6/25/19

This video examines the principles of persuasion and the steps involved in writing a persuasive speech.

Watch Video

How to Write a Persuasive Speech: Understanding Principles of Persuasion

Duration: 7:24 User: Gary Iman – Added: 2/15/14


This video identifies the three goals for informative speeches and examines the five steps involved in the speech preparation process.

Watch Video

Informative Speeches: How to Write an Informative Speech

Duration: 7:02 User: Gary Iman – Added: 2/1/14

Two examples of speeches:

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“First World Problems” – An Informative Speech

Duration: 10:34 User: n/a – Added: 12/12/14

YouTube URL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqVzBYw5l58

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“How Guinea Pigs Help Autistic Children” – An Informative Speech

Duration: 10:36 User: n/a – Added: 12/12/14

YouTube URL:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcItVu1pCf4


· Unit 4 DB: Finding theme in everyday life

Unit 4 DB: Finding theme in everyday life

The definition of Theme is often abridged to “the main idea.” However, Theme is more involved than that. Essentially, a theme is the author’s message–what the author wants to tell his/her readers about people in general. Themes can be supported by many of the story’s components, particularly the characters’ words, actions, and conflicts.

Initial response: We have now come to the half way part of the course. You have all read and viewed a number of different types of literature. Considering what you now know about literature, how do you think the study of theme can relate to our daily lives? Select one of the works of literature from the first four units to support your answer. Also, make sure to analyze the theme of that story and to show the implications that work of literature may have on your daily life.

Responses: How does your explanation of theme in everyday life differ from the other responses? What are some additional things about theme in everyday life that you think should be considered?

Remember to consider the following  Discussion Board Rubric.  Discussion Board Rubric. – Alternative Formats


Readings and Resources

Readings and Resources

Topic One: Literature Resources for this unit:

Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 and created a novel, play, and movie that have bridged classic and modern literature and society. Many of you have either read or viewed To Kill a Mockingbird, or at the very least, heard of this timeless triumph. For the next two units, you will be viewing the classic movie with megastar, Gregory Peck as one of the most famous literary characters ever created, Atticus Finch.

· Click here for the link to the movie. It is suggested that you use subtitles; click on the three dots in the lower right hand of the screen and choose subtitles.

Topic Two: To Ban To Kill a Mockingbird:

To Kill a Mockingbird has been a controversial novel since it was written, and to this day remains one of the most challenged novels in history. Given its mature subject matters and language, it should be studied in the context of the time in which it is set as well as how it is perceived in the present day. Please take the time to view the following videos which offer diverse opinions on the relevance of this novel:

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To Kill a Good Book… and a Bad Word?

Duration: 6:57 User: n/a – Added: 12/8/16

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDd-FODZ80M

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Reevaluating ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ 60 years later

Duration: 6:07 User: n/a – Added: 7/11/20

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtp-ZIPAQIs


Supplemental Resources: Theme as a Device:

· Some fundamental information on how to identify a theme.

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What is Theme in Literature?

Duration: 5:57 User: n/a – Added: 9/25/12

YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEOfXgow3Jw

· Helpful information on how to discern between a theme and a subject plus examples of theme sentences.

· Themes. (2016). Literary Devices.

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