Informative speech. 2 mins.



Students are to present an informative speech on a current, controversial topic of state, regional, national, or international importance.  The topic should be one about which the class needs to be informed.  The speech should present a balanced (i.e., unbiased) presentation of both sides of the topic. 


5-6 minutes (30 seconds grace period – under or overtime)
If you are severely over or under the time limit (one minute or more), your speech grade will be penalized.

Required Materials:  

A complete preparation outline, visual aid, and bibliography are required.

  • Outline:  Use Mrs. Miller’s Preferred Outline
    • Be sure that you support each point that you make with evidence and reasoning. If you need to jog your memory, please refer to the previous chapters we have studied. Do not include your bibliography on your outline. It is a separate assignment.
  • Visual Aid:  Click here to see specifics regarding Visual Aids. This will be a PowerPoint presentation delivered during the speech.
  • Bibliography:  A bibliography of sources (in proper APA style bibliographic form) used in the speech must accompany this speech.  Click here to learn how to cite sources in APA style.  Types of sources are books, periodicals, interviews, websites, and so forth. 
  • For a grade of “A,” at least eight (8) sources should support your speech. Be sure to use different supporting material types (online periodical, books, pamphlets, interviews, credible websites, and so forth).  The supporting material (sources) should be indicated and highlighted out to the side of where you used them on the outline submitted to the instructor (example:,, and so forth). You will also indicate your complete bibliographic citation on a separate bibliography assignment.


Speak in extemporaneous mode.  You should have note cards to use to jog your memory.

Do not forget to cite your sources in your speech presentation. For instance, “According to CNN news online,” or “These statistics came from USA today online.” You need to include this information in your speech as you deliver it. I even ask that you write it into your outline in parentheses (highlighting it in yellow) so you know where the information was found. [Example: B. Types of Skin Cancer (]

Construct a makeshift podium/lectern by using a table, bookcase, or clothes basket with a sheet over it.

Wear Professional Dress

The other students delivering speeches, along with your instructor, will serve as your audience

Specifics about Your Visual Aids:

  • There is information about your PowerPoint Visual Aid (VA) that is due for your Informative and Persuasive Speeches in Chapter 11.
  • You will need a minimum of three PowerPoint slides for each of your Informative and Persuasive Speeches.
  • Eight slides are the maximum for your VA.
  • Be sure you have a blank slide at the beginning and end of your speech.
  • You will only show your slide when you are referring to it in your speech presentation.