Analyzing a Famous Speech

Prepare a four-to-six minute speech analyzing one of the 100 top speeches that appear on the American Rhetoric Web site (

No visual aids are permitted for this speaking assignment.

Prepare a full-preparation outline and submit it to the instructor before your presentation. You should have an introduction, body, a conclusion, and a reference section. (View the full-preparation outline on the instructor's Web site.)

The goal of this speech is to critique a famous speech, inform the audience about the speaker's background, location, purpose and goals of the speech, and the impact of the speech (

Let the audience know why you selected your speech, what you learned from reading/listening to the speech, and what you learned about the speaker.

Deliver your remarks extemporaneously, establish eye contact, adhere to the time limit, and use 4 x 6 note cards.

Provide one verbal citation and list that citation in the body of your full-preparation outline and in the reference section.

Be prepared to respond to questions following your presentation.

In order to avoid duplication of speeches, students should e-mail the instructor at with the speech that has been selected for delivery by a designated date.

Five points will be deducted for late submissions. 

This speech is worth thirty-points and the full-preparation outline is worth five-points. 

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