Week 1 – Assignment

Historical Speech Review

The ability to recognize and explain the elements of the communication process is the beginning of truly understanding how to prepare for and deliver effective oral presentations. When we are able to recognize the elements of the communication process, we are then able to think more critically about the other factors involved in the effective delivery of oral presentations.

For this assignment, please select and watch one of the historical speeches listed below:

After viewing the speech, prepare a one- to two-page paper (not including title and reference pages) with an introduction and conclusion, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Provide an explanation for the elements of the communication process seen in the speech by answering the following questions:

  1. Speaker: Who is the speaker in the speech?
  2. Message: What is his/her message?
  3. Style: What is the speaker’s predominant  style of speaking?
  4. Setting: What is the setting for the speech? What kind of noise or interference is there in the setting during the speech?
  5. Audience: Who is the audience for the speech? What feedback do you see from the audience in recording of the speech?

You must format your in-text citations for both the textbook and the selected speech video according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Required Resources


Tinianow, D. (2017). New traditions in public speaking. Retrieved from

  • Chapter 1: Benefits of Public Speaking
  • Chapter 2: Selecting, Researching, and Outlining Your Speech Topic
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