Overview of Required Listening Critique: Persuasion

As you learned in “Course Information Documents” in Ice Breaker Module when the course started, there are TWO required listening critiques in COM101. The first required critique was for David Curry’s Informative Speech.  Now, you get to select a speaker giving a 5 to 10 minute persuasion speech and critique it using the same format/template as used for David Curry’s informative speech on hernias.

Review the grade and feedback you received on the first critique before you start this assignment.  Concerns with formatting should no longer be a factor in your success on this assignment. An effective critique infuses course vocabulary and reflects our reading, discussions and work since completing the first, required critique.   I am thrilled that we are at this point in the semester, and I am looking forward to reading your analysis of a pervasive speech of your choosing for your  final “Required Listening Critique”.

Important:   If you did not submit “Required Listening Critique: Informative” and received a zero for that assignment, you MUST submit the “Required Listening Critique: Persuasion” assignment for evaluation to pass the course.  Submitting at least one required listening critique is a QUEUE item for all students taking COM101 whether the course is taken in a traditional, classroom section or in this online format.  There are no exceptions.  

As you search for a persuasion speech recording to  critique, think about  what we have learned so far in the course about tailoring a topic for an audience, speaker delivery choices, basic organization of a persuasive speech, citing sources orally, and  utilizing effective openings/closings and visual aids to be more effective and engaging.

The recording you select should reflect the  requirements of our class persuasive speech:   Taking a position on a topic where there is room to move/nudge the audience in direction of a speaker’s position , using credible logos and tailored pathos to motivate, inspire and/or to convince the audience to agree/consider your position.  If action is called for, the audience perceives it as being easy and urgent  to do in follow up to your speech.  Finally, the speaker’s delivery and use  of visual aids enhance and complement the overall persuasive goal without being distracting.


Use feedback on Required Listening Critique: Informative to avoid losing points for the same concerns in this critique.

Think of this as a “lab report” on a presentation.  It is not an essay. A successful critique will include heading information and five areas of evaluation indicated and separated by roman numerals.   It will visually look exactly like the blank template provided to you.

Print a hard copy of the blank template to record your  thoughts in an organized way as you view the recording of your choice. This provides you with a rough draft of notes to revise into full sentences and paragraphs for the final draft.

Allow yourself 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to fully view and to respond to a 5-10 minute recording.   

Our discussion this week will focus on responding to persuasive recordings selected/uploaded by classmates in DISCUSS.  Not all recordings will show audience reaction, so help one other by posting feedback on recordings to assist with content  to cite in IV: Audience Reaction of critique template.  

When you have finalized your listening critique, upload it in DO assignment.