A sample grade breakdown

 My classes were based on a 500-point system and had a combination of speech and writing assignments. I had four tests that corresponded to the four units covered in class. This is how the grades were calculated:

Grading

Speeches
Introductory Speech

25 points

5%

Informative Speech

50 points

10%

Sales Presentation

75 points

15%

Proposal Presentation

100 points

20%

Outlines and Bibliographies
Informative Speech

20 points

4%

Sales Presentation

20 points

4%

Proposal Presentation

20 points

4%

Impromptu Speeches (3 @ 5 points each)

15 points

3%

Reaction Papers (4 @ 15 points each)

60 points

12%

Participation

15 points

3%

Tests (4 @ 25 points each)

100 points

20%





Total

500 points

100%

Final grades were calculated on a standard 10% grading scale:  (A=450-500 points, B=400-449 points, C=350-399 points, D=300-349 points, F=299 or fewer points).

I made several adjustments to this over the years. One of the significant changes was to give “tests” rather than “quizzes” after one class convinced me they would be better prepared for tests. Although I did not change the format or point total, the scores increased.

To work on a 1,000-point system, each score could be doubled. The participation points could also be replaced with peer review forms — I have done that in selected classes.

Each type of assignment listed is covered in detail under the “assignments” category at right.

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About teachingpublicspeaking

I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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