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Narrative Speech Assignment

Self-Introduction Profile Narrative

Important:  This assignment will be posted in two locations.  Compose it in a Word document that you can copy and paste into the two locations.

Location 1:  In the submission box for this assignment

Location 2:  To your Peer Team Self-Introduction Presentation page. (Click here to go to thePeer Team page.  From there, you will link to the presentation page.)

Important:  Wait until after you have completed the outline and video for the Self-Introduction Video assignment  before posting the narrative to the Team page.  The video link and the narrative are to be posted together.

This assignment is to post a brief introductory narrative that will be viewed by your team members and to the instructor.  The purpose is to provide your peers with insight into you so that they may prepare messages that are developed with you in mind.

One of the most important elements of being a competent communicator is being audience-centered. In order to gain an understanding of your audience so that you may prepare messages specifically for this class group, each person will provide a written biography/profile.

Instructions:

  • Construct a narrative following the ten-item sequence listed below. This narrative will be posted to this assignment's submission box AND to your Peer Team website for other team members to get to know more about you. This is a written narrative only. On the Peer Team page, you will also post a video link to the Self-Introduction Speech Video and Profile Narrative Postingassignment. Click on the link to go to that assignment. Specific details for that assignment are posted to the Self-Introduction Posting assignment instructions.)
  • Please write your narrative in a conversational style, as if you were speaking to the reader. Enter your narrative in the Submission box and click on Submit when finished.
  • IMPORTANT:  Please do not include any personal information such as addresses or phone numbers in this profile.  View the posted Instructor Profile as a model for this assignment.

Use the following prompts to construct your Introductory Narrative.

1.  What is your name?

2.  By what name do you prefer to be called?

3.  Where were you born?

4.  Where did you grow up?

5.  Are you currently employed?

- Where do you work?

- What type of work do you do?

- What type(s) of work have you done in the past?

6.  Why are you attending Del Mar College? (Major, Goals, etc.)

7.  What are three things you really like?

8.  What are three things you really dislike?

9.  Of what in your life are you most proud?

10.  Complete the statement: “You would never know from looking at me that …”

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NARRATIVE SPEECH ASSIGNMENT

Stories are characterized by a plot that involves characters, events, narrative tensions, and resolution. Oral stories give listeners a sense of action and drama by developing characterizations, dialogue, vivid descriptions, and using animated delivery. Emotional sincerity and involvement are hallmarks of a good storyteller.

For this assignment, you will tell a 2-3 minute story that has a beginning, middle and an end.  It may provide a moral. You may construct a story from your own experience or adapt one you already know. The purpose of your story telling is to illustrate the importance of a lesson learned, a significant life moment, or the moral for this audience and persuade them to accept your story as something that connects to their own lives.. Start by thinking about why the audience might find the point of your story important or instructive. Remember that you need to choose a narrative that is appropriate for this audience and setting.

The introduction should set a context that will help the audience realize the importance of the moral for their lives. This may entail giving details of the setting or characters, setting the story in a larger context, or even telling the audience what the point of the story will be.

The story itself should be carefully constructed so that you give descriptive details, but do not ramble. Language choices, delivery techniques, and dramatic vocals must be chosen to lend interest and animation to your story. Your story should have internal coherence, with characters, plot lines, and morals that make sense to listeners.

The conclusion of your story should be carefully thought out and worded since it is your chance to leave a lasting impression with your audience. It should make the lesson or significance of the story clear to the audience.

This speech will be graded on your ability to follow the above directions, as well as your language choices and your delivery (voice and body). Remember that practice makes extemporaneous speaking possible! The General Speech Evaluation Form on page 239 of your text will serve as the rubric for the speech.

Please make keyword/key phrase note cards to provide speaker support during the presentation.

  • Title
  • Introduction of character(s) and background
  • Action(s)
  • Climax
  • Moral/Lesson audience can learn
  • Closing (should be a carefully worded, memorable line)

Narrative Speech information adapted from Jennifer Sheppard at Michigan Tech.