Classmate Interview Assignment

CLASSMATE INTERVIEW & INTRODUCTION

THE ASSIGNMENT: You will be interviewing and introducing a member of the class. YOU ask the questions AND write the answers! Please do NOT hand the paper to your partner and have them write answers.

CONTENT: You can use all or any combination the questions provided or make up your own. All questions and answers must be appropriate for the classroom. Make sure you get explanations and ask those “Why?” questions. This should NOT just be a list of facts; tell a story about your partner. Try to have at least two sentences about each of the things you share.

ORGANIZATION: Use an answer to create a “catchy” beginning and ending statement to get our attention and then end the speech. Try taking an interesting fact or interesting talent about your partner and then tie them together.

  • Example:
    • Beginning – “Have you ever met someone who has an odd fear of ventriloquist dummies? Well today I’m here to tell you about Mr. Keller who has this very fear!
    • Ending – “Now you know more about Mr. Keller and his strange fear of puppets!”
  • Or:
    • Beginning – “Imagine purposely throwing yourself out of a perfectly good airplane. Sound crazy? Mr. Keller did this very thing when he went skydiving.”
    • Ending – So the next time you think about doing something adventurous, remember Mr. Keller’s experience with skydiving.”

Also arrange your presentation in a logical way- don’t just follow the list of questions! If you’re talking about the school activities but also want to mention their favorite class, link those two things together.

  • Example: “Even though Angel spends a lot of time on the track, she keeps up with her homework, especially for her favorite class, Oral Comm.”

DELIVERY: You will get two notecards to use during your presentation. Try to avoid reading straight off of the cards and instead actually talk to the class as if we were having a conversation.

This is the first speech and most of us will be nervous! Keep that in mind and remember we only know you’re nervous if you show or tell us! The more your PRACTICE the better prepared and comfortable you will be.

TIME LIMIT: Your presentation should be 2- 2 ½ minutes.

 

SPEECH EVALUATION

  • Organization: Information should be presented logically and have a catchy opening and ending statement.
  • Content: Information must be appropriate and accurate, have enough information to meet time requirement, and not just be a list but rather a description.
  • Delivery: Should show preparation, maintain effective posture, show sincerity/stay “serious” and give best effort
  • Time limit: Presentation must be within the time limit.

 

TO BE GRADED:

  • Presentation – 25 points
  • Questions and answers- hand in BEFORE you present – 25 points
  • Notecards- hand in AFTER you present – 25 points

Total: 75 points (summative)

Here are some sample questions to get you started. 

(Thanks to Beth Rempfer for this.)

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