De Anza Fountain

James Ahern - Speech Communication

Analyzing a Famous Speech

Prepare a four-to-six minute speech analyzing one of the 100 top speeches that appear on the American Rhetoric Web site (

Prepare a full-preparation outline for submission to the instructor before your presentation. You should have an introduction, body, a conclusion, and a reference section. View the full-preparation outline on the instructor's Web site.

The goal of this speech is to critique a famous speech, inform the audience about the speaker's background, location, purpose and goals of the speech, and the impact of the speech (

Let the audience know why you selected your speech, what you learned from reading/listening to the speech, and what you learned about the speaker.

Deliver your remarks extemporaneously, establish eye contact, adhere to the time limit, and use 4 x 6 note cards.

Include at least one verbal citation during during your speech, provide a written citation in the body of your outline, and provide a reference in the bibliography section of your full-preparations outline.

Be prepared to respond to questions following your presentation.

aIn order to avoid duplication of speeches, students should e-mail selected speeches to the instructor at by a designated date.

Five points will be deducted for late submissions.


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Last Updated: 8/11/15