Name: ______________________________ CST 100 Persuasive Speech Rubric Categories Points Awarded Preparation: 5

Name: ______________________________ CST 100
Persuasive Speech Rubric
Points Awarded
5 Outline complete, format correct, ideas supported by 5 sources,
speech performed within time limits (4-5 minutes).
4 Outline complete but formatting needs improvement, source
material adequate, speech performed within time limits
3 Outline issues, some source material weak or
missing, speech not performed within time limits
2 Outline incomplete, source material missing, speech short/long on time
1 Outline missing, no source material cited, speech long/short
on time (but speech was attempted).
5 Attention-getter was powerful, thesis clear, points of
speech previewed, relevance/common ground established, smooth
transition into body of speech
4 Used an attention-getter, purpose clear, forgot to either establish
Relevance, established a common ground, or preview points, attempted
to transition into body of speech
3 Missing attention-getter, purpose unclear, points of
speech not previewed, may be lacking one or more transition
2 Missing 3 or 4 of the required elements
1 Attempted an introduction but was unfocused and lacking in
most elements (jumped into the body of speech)
Common Ground:
Body and Transitions:
5 Problem clearly identified, and the solutions offered were for both
personal and public levels, strong transitions.
4 Problem/Cause/Solution identified, may have had some logic
errors/concerns, transitions present.
3 May not have clearly identified Problem/Cause/Solution, logic errors/
fallacies present, may have had missing transitions
2 Missing 3 or 4 required elements
1 Attempted to describe a problem and convince the audience but did not
follow the correct format.
5 Conclusion included a review of the problem/solutions discussed,
and used a clincher statement/question that challenged audience to
accept their arguments (call to action)
reference back to what you talked about in speech, closed
with an effective/memorable point
3 Conclusion referred back to problem /solution, attempted a
clincher but was lacking in impact
1 Conclusion attempted but lacked 1 of the required elements
5 Delivered extemporaneously, enthusiasm evident, appropriate vocal
delivery (volume & rate), appropriate nonverbal (gestures & movement),
eye contact, excellent vocal variety (expressive), used Visual Aid.
4 Lacking in 1 required element
3 Lacking in 2 required elements
2 Lacking in 3 required elements
1 Monotone delivery, reliant on notecards
_______________ x 4 = _____________ Total Points

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