Com 110 overview purpose the overall purpose of the Communication and Critical Inquiry


Speech lab required _____ yes _____ no For which speeches?



Download 0.79 Mb.
Page6/14
Date01.05.2018
Size0.79 Mb.
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   ...   14

Speech lab required _____ yes _____ no For which speeches?


Portfolio Assignment

Name _____________________________



PORTFOLIO EVALUATION FORM

(Please place this handout in your portfolio for the final evaluation)

EVALUATION:


_____ CIP (_____ pts. possible)
_____ Speech Materials w/ Self Evaluations for Speeches (_____ pts. possible)

Informative

Group presentation

Persuasive


_____ Speech Lab Requirement (_____ pts. possible)
_____ Artifacts (_____ pts. possible)
_____ Final Synthesis Paper (_____ pts. possible)
_____ Portfolio Appearance (_____ pts. possible)

_____/100 pts. = _____ Grade




  • I.T.P.S. competency has been met.

Portfolio Assignment

Communication Improvement Profile (CIP)
Description

The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate your typical communication habits and to determine three specific communication improvement goals for the semester. After reading the first couple chapters in the texts and discussing concepts such as communication competence, processes, ethical communication, critical thinking, and self-concept, you should have a clearer understanding of the areas you wish to improve. You should include the CIP Template, grading criteria, and Critical Thinking Self Assessment (CTSA) with your paper.


Format

Your paper should be 3-5 pages (typed and double spaced with no more than one inch margins and 12 point font). Your paper will contain six paragraphs including an introduction (with attention getter, thesis, and preview), the description of your communication habits, and three specific goals for the semester, and a conclusion (with summary and memorable close).

The second paragraph should evaluate and describe your typical communication habits. How would you describe yourself? For example, are you outgoing? Shy? Comfortable with strangers? Uncomfortable? Do you hate small talk, or meeting new people? Do you talk too loudly? too softly? too little? too much? Do you find yourself searching for words that would help you express your ideas, but end up saying, “you know what I mean” or “like.” Do you think you give good speeches? Are you animated and interesting? Do you feel unorganized or awkward? There is obviously no right answer. Just visualize yourself as others probably see you. Now, in a paragraph, describe yourself.

The next three paragraphs should identify and explain three communication goals. You should explain each goal in detail and provide strategies you plan to use to meet these goals. Be specific with your goals. For example, do not tell me you want to improve your communication skills. What specific skills do you want to improve and how do you plan to do it? For example, you might decide that you want to be more proactive in your conflicts, doing less avoidance and using more collaborative techniques. If this were true, what are some things you could do to stop yourself from avoiding every time you encounter conflict. Perhaps you could walk away for awhile, but then come back and ask the other person to talk to you about these issues. You could even try writing out the issues first if you think you will get frustrated and/or angry.
Evaluation

This paper is worth _____ points and is part of your total portfolio grade. The following is my criteria for evaluation: Format (_____ pts), Writing (_____ pts), Support (_____ pts), and Overall Impression (_____ pts). See next page for a further description of each component. This is a formal writing assignment and should be treated as such. Use the following CIP template to get started with this assignment. You should plan what you want to write and then follow through with complete, but concise sentences. In other words, do not “think” or “talk” on paper. By completing the following template, you may begin to organize your thoughts and then use the information here to outline your paper. In addition, this instrument will provide some suggested goals that may help you develop some of your own.



Portfolio Assignment

Communication Improvement Profile (CIP)

Grading Criteria and Evaluation Form



FORMAT (____ points possible)

Paper is 3-5 pages

Paper is typed and double spaced

Paper used correct margins

Paper uses an acceptable 12-point font

Paper is six paragraphs _____


WRITING (____ points possible)

Paper is free of grammatical errors

Paper has been proofread for errors

(i.e. redundancy, typing mistakes)

Paper uses proper punctuation

Paper uses formal writing style

Sentence structure is varied

Transitions are used

Introductory and concluding sentences are used _____

SUPPORT (____ points possible)

Specific examples are given to support arguments

made in first paragraph about communication skills

Goals are clearly stated at the beginning of each paragraph

Reasons are given for each goal using specific examples

from your life

A specific plan of action is given to meet each goal

_____
OVERALL IMPRESSION (____ points possible)

Paper follows guidelines for assignment

Ideas flow logically together

Paper is organized into separate yet complete thoughts

Paper avoids “thinking” or “talking” on paper

Paper is stapled to CIP template, grading criteria,

and CTSA _____



TOTAL _____

Portfolio Assignment
Communication Improvement Profile (CIP)

Template
Paragraph One (Introduction)

What rhetorical device will you use as an attention getter (e.g., quote, anecdote, humor, startling statement, imagery, etc.)?


What three goals will you address in this paper?



Paragraph Two (Self Description)

Please write down some words to describe yourself as a communicator.


Please write down some words that might describe how others see you as a communicator.

List any experiences you have had with public speaking.

Write down some words to describe how you feel about giving speeches.



For paragraphs three through five, you may choose from the following goals or develop some of your own. Through this course, I would like to improve my:
1. Public Speaking Apprehension 11. Nonverbal Delivery (Actions)

2. Audience Analysis Skills 12. Use of Visual Aids

3. Topic Selection Skills 13. Persuasive Speaking Skills

4. Researching Skills 14. Group Communication Skills

5. Organizing Skills 15. Ethical Communication Skills

6. Outlining Skills 16. Non-Public Speaking Apprehension

7. Writing Skills 17. Interpersonal Communication Skills

8. Preparation for Class/Speeches 18. Listening Skills

9. Participation in Class 19. Critical Thinking Skills

10. Verbal Delivery (Words) 20. Other __________________________
Paragraph Three (Goal #1)

Identify a goal from the list above or provide one of your own.


Describe a strategy you will use to meet this goal.



Portfolio Assignment

Communication Improvement Profile (CIP)

Template

Paragraph Four (Goal #2)

Identify a goal from the list above or provide one of your own.


Describe a strategy you will use to meet this goal.


Paragraph Five (Goal #3)

Identify a goal from the list above or provide one of your own.

Describe a strategy you will use to meet this goal.


Paragraph Six (Conclusion)

Re-phrase your three goals.


What rhetorical device will you use to provide a memorable close?



Portfolio Assignment

Critical Thinking Self Assessment (CTSA)
Directions: This questionnaire is designed to help you examine your own skills by asking you to describe how you interact with things you read and hear. Doing this accurately can help you know what skills you need to work on and what skills you have already developed. Your answers will not affect your grade in any way; so be honest with yourself. Think about times when you have seen or heard professionally-produced articles, stories, videos, books, speeches, or sermons that were designed to persuade you to believe something. Consider only those times when you paid attention. Using these recollections, and recollections about your own writing and speaking, please answer the following questions as honestly as you can. Please circle the appropriate response using the scale below (1 = never, 2 = rarely, 3 = sometimes, 4 = frequently, 5 = always).





Never

Rarely

Sometimes

Frequently

Always

1. When I read or hear items like those described above, I am able to get the point.

1

2

3

4

5

2. I am able to follow a fairly complex line of argument, so that I can tell which things are offered in support of which other things, and how it’s all supposed to fit together.

1

2

3

4

5


3. After reading or hearing someone’s line of argument on an issue, I can give an accurate, detailed summary of how the line of argument went.

1

2

3

4

5


4. I feel confident about deciding whether it is reasonable to believe a piece of evidence or a reason used in support of a conclusion.

1

2

3

4

5


5. I can tell when there are logical holes in the reasoning that is supposed to connect a conclusion and the reasons being used to support that conclusion.

1

2

3

4

5


6. I know how to tell the difference between a credible source and a garbage source of information or ideas.

1

2

3

4

5

7. I look for the hidden assumptions that are often present in an argument.

1

2

3

4

5

8. When I read reliable statistics that show two factors rise and fall together, I recognize that it doesn’t necessarily mean one caused the other.


1


2


3


4


5


9. When I evaluate someone else’s line of thinking, I consider their arguments rather than just deciding whether I agree with their conclusions.

1

2

3

4

5



Portfolio Assignment





Never

Rarely

Sometimes

Frequently

Always

10. I know how to go about deciding how strong an argument really is.

1

2

3

4

5

11. I am able to come up with acceptable reasons or evidence to support my conclusions when I write or give organized oral presentations.


1

2

3

4

5


12. When I write an essay or give a talk I try to respond carefully to possible significant objections to my positions.

1

2

3

4

5


13. I am able to construct an organized, logical argument that stays on topic.

1

2

3

4

5


14. When I present an argument for a position, other people can follow what I’m saying.

1

2

3

4

5


15. When there are good arguments for contrary views on a subject, I know how to evaluate them and come up with the best conclusion.

1

2

3

4

5


16. I am willing to take the time and make the effort to think through an argument carefully before deciding what I think about it.

1

2

3

4

5


17. I enjoy thinking through an issue and coming up with strong arguments about it.

1

2

3

4

5






































In order to obtain a score, simply sum all 17 items. Your CTSA score ______. Look back over your answers. Do you see any patterns of weaknesses or strengths? You can compare your score on the CTSA to other ISU students using the percentile chart below (the average beginning of semester CTSA score in a previous sample of ISU students was 64.11).


Percentiles Score

25 60.00


50 63.00

75 69.00


Portfolio Assignment

Artifacts

Description

Artifacts are opportunities to show how communication directly affects your life. They may include any phenomenon outside of class that are effective examples of course concepts discussed in class. Artifacts might include television shows, movies, newspaper articles, comics, guest speakers, personal conversations, etc. In a brief (one page) paper, you are to describe the artifact, link it to a communication concept, and analyze how the artifact is related to the communication concept.

Format

Again, your paper should be one page long (typed and double spaced with no more than one inch margins and 12 point font). Your paper will contain two paragraphs:

  1. The description of the artifact,

  2. A link between the artifact and a communication concept, and an analysis of how the artifact is like the concept.



The first paragraph should discuss and/or describe the artifact in detail (who, what, where, when, how). As mentioned above, communication artifacts can be anything from a sitcom episode to an article from a newspaper—exercise your imagination here. Basically, this first paragraph explains what happened, how it happened, and why you thought it happened. Just tell the story. Do not forget to cite where you found the artifact (if appropriate).




The second paragraph should identify at least ONE communication concept (reference class discussions or text material). The first sentence should link the artifact to at least ONE communication concept (i.e. the communication process model, ethics, listening, audience analysis, language, delivery, small group communication, etc.); remember to cite where you found the communication concept (i.e. a particular portion of a class lecture, a concept in the textbook, etc.). Next, in the same paragraph, analyze the communication concept being discussed. This analysis should demonstrate that you have a mastery of how the communication concept helps shape your understanding of the artifact or vise versa. Finally, illustrate why this interaction is important to your life. Provide strong support for your argument(s).

When appropriate, include the artifact with your paper.

Evaluation

This paper is worth _____ points and is part of your total portfolio grade. The following is my criteria for evaluation: Format (_____ pts), Writing (_____ pts), Description (_____ pts), Link (_____ pts), and Analysis (_____ pts). See next page for a further description of each component. This is a formal writing assignment and should be treated as such. Please plan what you want to write and then follow through with complete, but concise sentences. In other words, do not “think” or “talk” on paper.


Portfolio Assignment
Artifact

Grading Criteria and Evaluation Form
Format (____ pt.)

Paper is one to two pages

Paper is typed and double spaced

Paper uses correct margins

Paper uses appropriate 12 point font

Paper follows guidelines for assignment _______


Writing (____ pt.)

Paper follows writing tips in spiral

Paper is free of grammatical errors

Paper has been proofread for errors

Paper uses proper punctuation

Sentence structure is varied

Transitions are used

Introductory and concluding sentences are used

Ideas flow logically together

Paper avoids “thinking” or “talking” on paper _______


Description (____ pt.)

First paragraph discusses and describes the artifact in detail (who, what, where, when, how). Clearly

explain the situation.

Cite where you found the artifact.

Second paragraph describes and identifies the communication concept clearly (refer to class discussions

or textbook). Examples of communication concepts are: ethics, listening, audience analysis,

language, etc. Remember to properly cite where you found the communication concept.

_______
Link (____ pt.)

Clearly link the description to the communication concept and define the concept.

Use specific examples to support arguments and claims made about the link between

the artifact and the communication concept

Use clear evidence to show you understand and can apply the identified

communication concept

Include the artifact with your paper whenever possible _______

Analysis (____ pt.)

Analyze the communication concept to show that you have a mastery of how the communication concept

helps shape your understanding of the artifact or vice versa.

Illustrate why this interactions is important in your life

Provide strong support for your arguments

Use clear evidence to show you understand and can apply the identified communication concept

Use specific examples to support arguments and claims made about the artifact and the communication

concept


_______

TOTAL _______

Portfolio Assignment
Artifact Example

“Sam’s Story”

This past weekend, October 2nd through the 4th, I went home for my sister’s sixteenth birthday party. At the party, my three year old cousin, Sam, was just discovering the concept of people having last names. He went from person to person asking, “What is your last name?” Then he would stand there and repeat it and say, “neat.” Finally my grandma asked Sam what his last name was. He said, “My name is Samuel Boeckman-get-over-here-right-now!” Everyone thought this was hilarious, but Sam was confused. After all, your “last” name was the one someone said last when they addressed you, right?

Actually, this is not so, but to three year old Sam, this was what he understood the term “last name” to mean. Last Tuesday, September 29th, we had a class discussion concerning the meaning of words and discussed how meanings were in people; not in words. Sam’s confusion is a perfect example of what we discussed. In class, we talked about how words are arbitrary and that the meaning of a word is filtered through a person’s background and experience. Since Sam is only three, the word “last” to him means the end, or final thing, that he hears. The last thing wild little Sam usually hears is “Boeckman-get-over-here-right-now,” and since this is the “end” of what he hears himself being called, he assumes it to be his “last” name. Based on Sam’s experience, the term “last” has new meaning. As public speakers, we need to be careful with the words we choose because as this example implies, words can have multiple meanings to different people based on their experiences.



Portfolio Assignment

Artifact Example


Share with your friends:
1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   ...   14


The database is protected by copyright ©hestories.info 2019
send message

    Main page