Persuasive Speech. Outline – Includes Grading Rubric



• Specific purpose well-defined.

• Opens with impactful statement. 

• Connects with audience by stating relevancy.

• Establishes credibility. 

• Previews main ideas.  

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

Speech Body

• Main points clearly identified, logically organized, and fully supported by subpoints.  

• Information credible and cited. 

• Main points/subpoints are keywords only; Citations and transitions are fully written. 

• Signposts and transition statements bridge ideas together. 

• Argument/Informative Topic is clearly defined and well supported/explained.  

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome


• Main ideas clearly summarized. 

• Closes with impactful statement.  

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome

Use of Sources

• Minimum number of credible sources used (per assignment instructions). 

• All facts and assertions are backed up with research. (You may not use personal observations or experiences) 

• All sources appear in the speech itself (fully written in a conversational way) AND in the Works Cited section (written in APA or MLA style).

• In-speech citations include: author’s name, source type (is it a book? Magazine? Journal? etc.), source title (NOT article title!), date of publication, and a credibility statement (why should we trust the source?) 

• MLA/APA guidelines are followed accurately  

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome


• Grammar, word usage, and writing mechanics (capitalization, spelling, punctuation, etc.) at college level. Formatting and style match assignment requirements.

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