Sample Rubric for an Anthropology Oral Presentation

Outcome: Excellent 3-points Satisfactory 2-points Approaching 1 point Unsatisfactory 0-points Score
Present well-articulated and organized ideas that demonstrate a firm understanding of the topic The speech presents interesting and insightful ideas articulated and organized in such a way as to fulfill the terms of the assignment. The speech demonstrates a thoughtful, solid, and coherently presented response to the assignment. Ideas may lack originality or fresh insight. The speech presents ideas that are not clearly expressed or effectively developed. This speech presents no clearly expressed main idea and lacks focus.
Develop a compelling perspective on the chosen/assigned topic in an organized, concise and logical manner. The speech presents a compelling, highly nuanced perspective that is thoroughly developed in a coherent, concise, insightful, and logical manner. The speech’s topic is clear and its organization proceeds in a logical manner. The speech’s topic is identifiable, but broad in scope. Parts of the speech may be unclear, inappropriate, or repetitious. The speech is somewhat developed organized. The speech’s topic is not developed; the speech is disorganized, and its content may be unrelated to the thesis.
Analyze appropriate evidence to support the speech’s central claim or perspective. The speech makes use of strong, relevant evidence that is thoroughly analyzed in a clear and compelling manner. The speech contains appropriate evidence used to support its main point(s). The speech only sporadically uses evidence, or makes use of evidence that is only weakly related to its central claim/perspective. The speech does not make use of appropriate evidence.
Demonstrate audience awareness throughout the speech. Through style, tone, facility with conventions, and language, the speech anticipates the expectations and needs of its audience. Demonstrates consistent use of important conventions particular to the writing task and its audience. Generally fulfills audience expectations; the speech does not always demonstrate facility with conventions, appropriate language, or style. The speech does not adequately meet the expectations of its audience.
Employ the fundamentals of strong public speaking, including enunciation, projection, and eye contact. The presenter can be easily heard and understood by the entire audience, with whom s/he makes eye contact at several points during the speech. The presenter can be heard and understood by most of the audience and makes an effort to look up from time to time. The presenter can be difficult to hear and understand, and rarely makes eye contact with the audience. The speaker cannot, or can barely, be heard and understood. The speaker does not make eye contact with the audience.
Employ thorough research that is effectively integrated into the speech The speech incorporates scholarly research that is well contextualized and effectively integrated into the speech. Research is used but may occasionally be treated with a degree of irresponsibility, either with respect to contextualization or integration of sources. Research is used, but not appropriately contextualized or effectively integrated; the speaker has difficulty evaluating and synthesizing information. Research is not evident, or sources lack context; the speech does not demonstrate the speaker’s ability to evaluate, synthesize, or integrate source material.
Demonstrate awareness of anthropological theory and fieldwork practice. The speech demonstrates a sophisticated awareness of anthropological theory and fieldwork practice. The speech demonstrates a solid understanding of anthropological theory and fieldwork practice. The speech demonstrates minimal awareness of anthropological theory and fieldwork practice. The speech does not demonstrate awareness of anthropological theory and fieldwork practice.
Analyze the anthropological and social significance of the issue. The speech engages in sophisticated and nuanced analysis of the anthropological and social significance of its topic. The speech engages in solid analysis of the anthropological and social significance of its topic. The speech engages in minimal analysis of the anthropological and social significance of its topic. The speech does not engage in analysis of the anthropological and social significance of its topic.
Total points in each category (24 maximum) (16 maximum) (8 maximum) (0 maximum) Total

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