Speech Assignment Sheet {THIS DOCUMENT = AN extra COMPREHENSIVE "INSTRUCTION MANUAL"} [be sure to read this item in its entirety]








last updtd & edited 11/12/13  Pages & dates & groupings & topics updated /  Template for final A/O added                                    



Group Panel Presentations

                          { " aspect about an aspect about a topic..."}

14th ed

      [[ This multi-part document will serve as a "do-it-yourself" guide for your upcoming group activity. It aims to provide all the information and direction  you will need in order to work in small groups/teams planning a Panel Presentation. Within this document you will find the usual assignment details & rationales as well as a list of the matchups (groupings).  In other words, you should use this assignment sheet as a user's manual to guide you through your various tasks. This unit is being done as  semi-independent study , and much of your work is being done outside of the classroom.   This page is quite detailed and attempts to answer all questions you might have as you WORK-IN-GROUPS.   Read carefully.  Although it is several pages long,  you may want to print it out & highlight key points.  You may find that you can figure most things out on your own>>]]


Activity  Goals

The abililty to Work-in-Groups is essential for many contexts of contemporary society--particularly in your major.  It is a form of Oral Communication  which blends informing, persuading,  and interpersonal interaction.  This multifaceted speaking assignment will immerse you directly into the experience  so you can learn about the process while actually doing it.  Interestingly, it's the interpersonal side of  communication that most businesses & corporations are referring to when say they are seeking employees with good communication skills. 

HOWEVER, you are forewarned:  this way of learning can be frustrating at times because you will be studying group dynamics and processes via a series of activities-- not just by reading about them in the text and/or lecture notes.


First, carefully read all 4 items in  Unit III in your text [14e]  Chapters  9 & 10  [13e] 10 & 11  [12e].  They  will help you understand the key underlying group communication principles. In addition, review the several relevant materials within Blackboard  (In the "Small Group Communication" section,  there are some documents & a free-standing slide show that also clarify what it means to work effectively in groups.)


Grading Criteria

        Presentations will be graded based on the quality of two factors: the group's submitted materials and on the quality of the oral presentation itself. In most cases, everyone in group receives the same grade. However, if participation levels are clearly uneven, grades will be based on individual performance instead.


Group Procedures

     Together with 4-5 of your group/teammates, you will plan and complete this project expeeriencing &  exploring the dynamics & procedures of group & interpersonal communication:   
> the Group Discussion/Presentation [incl. rationale &  presentation format ]   [click to go directly  to this information  or scroll down] 
> the list of Groups  [click to go directly  to list or scroll down] 

> the planning procedures  [click to go directly  to this section or scroll down]

> the topic choice guidelines  [click to go directly  to this section or scroll down]

> the extra credit Reaction Journal [click to go directly  to this section or scroll down]

> the preliminary Agenda/Outline worksheet[click to go directly to this document. Copy & paste & adjust fonts/layout as necessary.]


> the FINAL Agenda/Outline worksheet [click to go directly to this  

     document. Copy & paste & adjust fonts/layout as necessary.]


> Guidelines & "tips" for the 3 Delivery formats [click to go directly to this section or scroll down]





                    ABOUT THE  Panel Discussion/Presentation





When these discussions are presented in front of the class [see course syllabus for specific dates], each one will consist of three segments. The TOTAL  presentation time per group is only  15-17 minutes +1 minute set-up time.  This means that the group members will  need to plan very carefully in order to ensure that:   

The three segments of the 15-17 minute presentation are structured as follows:  

Segment 1  {the Symposium} [approx 5-6 minutes] - Members of the group will extemporaneously present OBJECTIVE,  INFORMATIVE , BACKGROUND material based on his/her portion of the research.  Because of logistics,  it may not be possible for each individual to speak during  this segment. Be creative.
Segment  2 {the Panel} [approx 5-6 minutes] - Next, the group members will subjectively & spontaneously interact AMONG themselves - discussing  their respective viewpoints on the topic & supporting their positions mostly via the researched data that was presented in Segment 1. This freeflowing discussion will be moderated by ___(?)____

Segment  3  {the Forum} [ approx 5-6 minutes] - Next, the subjective discussion will be opened up to questions & comments from the audience members.  This freeflowing discussion also needs to be moderated to avoid monologues/filibusters. 

  [tip:The presentation is structured in this way for a reason:   SYMPOSIUM (part 1) , PANEL (part 2) , FORUM (part 3) . This structure enables you to experience all 3 of the primary group presentation formats & most of  the group competency skills. 





     1 -> Choose a leader/moderator.  This person will be responsible for ensuring that certain tasks get done both Before & During the presentation. These tasks include ( but are not limited to)           


ensuring the completion of the prelim.  & final agenda/outlines [ prelim. A/O worksheet linked above & below]


overseeing the research assignments


overseeing the symposium assignments


moderating the discussion during the panel & forum segments


maintaining the timing - per segment & overall


making transitions between the 3 segments,   etc. etc. etc.

  2 -> All group members should participate equally.  Although the leader/moderator  will double check on things, it is everyone's responsibility to make sure all of the tasks get done. Everyone should be familiar with what your text says about Leadership & about member's responsibilities.


   3 -> On the next, linked page ... you will see a step-by-step review of the group
  organizational procedure  [click to go directly  to procedures sheet] . 
It will help you put the text's  guidelines to work.


    4 -> Required Submissions for the actual DISCUSSION/PRESENTATION :

[a] Preliminary Agenda/Outline:

Each group will submit one copy of their
"Preliminary Agenda/Outline".  Hard copies of this form might also be available in class .However, it is available on line via this link. The filled-in  preliminary A/Os can be submitted to me via hard copy OR e-mail
[no-later-than Weds 11/6 -4:00pm]  The

This submission also serves to reserve your topic-- first come first served!

[b]Revised-Final Agenda/Outline: 

Each group will submit one hardcopy of its revised, final Agenda/Outline on the day of presentation, BEFORE delivering  the presentation. Use your professor- annotated  Prelim. A/O as your basic template & revise accordingly

[c] extra credit--Reaction Journal: [see directions at right]


Directions: Any group member can submit a follow-up Reaction Journal   which is personal, individual and  IN ADDITION TO any  work done via group collaboration.    

If you're interested in this option,  keep a 4-5 entry computer journal. { Each dated entry =  1-2 paragraphs.} This journal should consist of your  thoughts & reflections about being involved in this group process.

At the end of this unit, e-mail your journal to me. [No later than: W 12/4]




  1.  All group members should participate equally.   It is Everyone's responsibility to make sure all of  the tasks get done.

  2. Overall, your laptops will be very helpful for several aspects of the meeting & planning  process, including:
    >recording material during your brainstorming and planning sessions,
keeping a central location for the bibliography sources
>communicating among the group members via chat & /or email, etc
>supplementing the planning time you'll have in class ( e.g. Google docs,

                                                                                Facebook, Blackboard groups, AIM, etc)

  These strategies should help your group with the planning  & research portions of this project.


3. For the most part, your  meeting-and-planning time for this activity will be concurrent with the round of "Combo" Presentations which will be occurring in the classroom.

[ NOTE: the "Combo"  presentation assignment [i.e. individual speakers] is TOTALLY separate from the Group Presentation assignment [groups]  except that --time wise --we will be doing the former on the same days we are planning the latter]







  { Verderber-14/13/12e} 

DURING YOUR GROUP PLANNING SESSIONS {occurring both during & outside of classtime}, BE SURE TO ACCOMPLISH THESE TASKS:  <<most of these already have been mentioned above; here they are listed in order>> 

1. If you haven't already done so,  exchange phone numbers;  you should also know each others' e-mail addresses-- for on & off campus.  Also, be aware that you can send  group emails to all the group members via Blackboard. In fact, each group will have its own communication site within the TOOLS section of Blackboard where you can chat, post, & exchange materials.  

2. Choose a topic for your group to discuss & present.  Remember, it should be interesting, multifaceted, & "discussable" --and maybe even controversial. Also remember the general principles of topic selection that we discussed in class during the speech construction unit.    
[[* Review topic guidelines for this semester as discussed above.  Topics are on a "first come/first served" basis, so reserve your grp's topic with me
 as soon as you decide on it! ]]  

3. Decide on  your discussion approach.  Aim for  FACT , VALUE , or POLICY.
(see pp. 226+   in text [12ed=237-8])  [Note: Despite the implications in your text, Group Discussion Presentations are not necessarily problem solving in purpose.  Problem Solving is exciting, but for your topic, it may be more appropriate for your group (1)  to share information or  (2) to decide on the worth/value of something or (3) to decide on a policy/action-to-be-taken.]  

4. Phrase your "DISCUSSION QUESTION"  [note:  A D.Q. serves the same purpose for a group discussion that a
Thesis Statement does for an individual speaker].  See your text for examples (esp. pp.227 [12ed=237-8]) 
5. Complete  a "Preliminary Agenda/Outline" worksheet. Submit via e-mail.
[click this link for an online version of the form. Copy & paste --without the background ] This will give me insight on the group's progress. (We won't be all together as a class for a while!)  
 ** see the dates above or refer to the course calendar for the details & deadline for this preliminary submission-- the earlier the better.**

Determine the amount & type of research necessary to complete Segment 1 of the presentation. Remember,
Segment 1 is based on data & evidence, not opinion. It will be presented as a series of "mini" Informative,  extemporaneous speeches".  

7. Prepare a hard copy of the FINAL Agenda/Outline.  This document should be a group effort although it is the
responsibility of the designated leader/moderator to make sure it is ready to hand in . As always, it is due just BEFORE the group gives its presentation.  Use the format of the Preliminary A/O as your template & make changes accordingly.
8. Remember, Group Presentations differ from individual presentations because they are NOT rehearsed in advance. Of course, each group member should rehearse his/her own individual "mini-informative speech " that will be delivered in
Segment 1;  however, the best way to prepare for Segments 2 & 3 is just to be very familiar with your additional data and evidence. {{N.B. - Allow approximately 4-5 minutes for EACH of the 3 parts of thoverall presentation. This will allow you a little "wiggle room & time flexibility}}  

[Yes, debate-refutation, roleplaying, and TV news-formats are some of the variations you could use in your presentations. It's up to you & your imaginations. Visual/presentation aids are welcome.]  



Tips on Handling the Multiple Delivery styles of Group Presentation:

1. SYMPOSIUM  =  you are talking TO your audience as well as TO your fellow participants .[i.e. make your mini-speech extemporaneous & audience centered]

2. PANEL =  you are talking TO your fellow participants but you realize the audience is silently listening in, so you should also be talking FOR them.[i.e. as you talk amongst yourselves, still project "E & E" & make volume, language & examples audience-centered.]

i.e. Whenever doing a "panel" presentation, there is the awareness of an audience. If  your future professional experiences everinvolve you discussing a topic in front of an audience, remember you are not talking TO them but you are talking FOR them. Be sure to keep that energy & volume up & projected out & keep them motivated to listen  even though you are not making eye contact with them.

3. FORUM  = as part of your group. you are talking WITH your audience. They are the ones asking the questions and directing the discussion. [ i.e. accommodate their interests but weave in reinforcement of your own central idea]



F'13   LS - GROUPS: this section to be updated re: topics

Group #1

Prachi MAKKAR , Carla SANTOS , Brian BOZZO , Kristen NUZZOLESE ,



[in-class planning sessions for this  presentation = (10/30 ) 11/6 & 11/11 (11/13)  


[the  group presentation is on Mon 11/18]  

Discussion Question: In today�s society,are women being objectified by hip hop artists?  

Ques-of- Fact discussion  / _  prelim  A/0 Rcvd  


Combo Pres = 11/4


Group #2


in-class planning sessions for this presentation =  (10/30 ) 11/4[1/2 grp)& 11/61/2 grp) & 11/111/2 grp) (11/13)

   [the  group presentation is on Mon 11/18]  

Discussion Question: Should the U.S. government allow women to


fight in front line combat? 

Should the legal high school drop-out age be changed from 16 to 18 or remain the same at 16 with parental consent




Ques-of- Policy discussion  / _  prelim  A/0 rcvd   

Combo Pres = 11/4,6,11


Group #3  

Melissa VEGA , Cameron QUISENBERRY , Amanda SULKOSKY , Fabian LUCCIOLA , Anthony PESCETTO


 in-class planning sessions for this presentation = (10/30) 11/4 & 11/11 (11/13)

[the  group presentation is on Mon 11/18]  

Discussion Question: TO what degree should affirmative action influence the college admission process


Ques-of- Policy discussion  / _  prelim  A/0 rcvd   

Combo Pres = 11/6,


Group #4


Elizabeth BURKE

in-class planning sessions for this presentation = (10/30) & 11/4  & 11/6 &  (11/13)


[the  group presentation is on Mon 11/18]  

Discussion Question: Is the invasion of privacy presented at an airport necessary for the public's safety?


Ques-of- FACT_ discussion  / _  prelim  A/0  rcvd   


Combo Pres = 11/11





last updated 11/12/13