Narrative Speech Evaluation Form

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NARRATIVE SPEECH EVALUATION FORM
Speaker___________________________________________________Date________________
Rate the speaker on the following criteria: E = Excellent (accomplished well), A = Average
(accomplished), P = Poor (accomplished poorly or not accomplished at all).
CONTENT
Transportation
E
A
P
Does the speaker establish the story space and bring the audience into the world of the narrative
by creating an AURA through delivery?
Events
E
A
P
Does each event include the following three elements: (1) A CHARACTER who is located in (2)
a SETTING where one or more (3) ACTIONS take place?
Organization
E
A
P
Is the narrative organized CHRONOLOGICALLY through a SERIES of EVENTS that includes
all the necessary information to tell the story cohesively, including BACKGROUND information
and TRANSITIONS?
Climax
E
A
P
Is the story organized around a COMMON END that ties everything together and provides a
resolution to the DRAMATIC TENSION? Does the climax gain emphasis through the speaker’s
delivery?
Vividness
E
A
P
Are CHARACTERS, SETTINGS, and ACTIONS established through descriptive and expressive
language?
Re-entry
E
A
P
Does the speaker provide appropriate verbal and/or nonverbal cues to indicate the conclusion of
the story and avoid an abrupt ending?
NARRATIVE SPEECH EVALUATION FORM
Speaker___________________________________________________Date________________
Rate the speaker on the following criteria: E = Excellent (accomplished well), A = Average
(accomplished), P = Poor (accomplished poorly or not accomplished at all).
CONTENT
Transportation
E
A
P
Does the speaker establish the story space and bring the audience into the world of the narrative
by creating an AURA through delivery?
Events
E
A
P
Does each event include the following three elements: (1) A CHARACTER who is located in (2)
a SETTING where one or more (3) ACTIONS take place?
Organization
E
A
P
Is the narrative organized CHRONOLOGICALLY through a SERIES of EVENTS that includes
all the necessary information to tell the story cohesively, including BACKGROUND information
and TRANSITIONS?
Climax
E
A
P
Is the story organized around a COMMON END that ties everything together and provides a
resolution to the DRAMATIC TENSION? Does the climax gain emphasis through the speaker’s
delivery?
Vividness
E
A
P
Are CHARACTERS, SETTINGS, and ACTIONS established through descriptive and expressive
language?
Re-entry
E
A
P
Does the speaker provide appropriate verbal and/or nonverbal cues to indicate the conclusion of
the story and avoid an abrupt ending?
DELIVERY
Posture
E
A
P
Legs shoulder-width apart, back straight, shoulders square?
Regulatory Gestures
E
A
P
Is the speaker’s rhythm emphasized through hand movement?
Emphatic Gestures
E
A
P
Does the speaker use gestures to heighten the impact of the verbal message?
Demonstrative Gestures
E
A
P
Does the speaker use gestures to approximate EVENT features?
Facial Expressions
E
A
P
Is the speaker emotionally involved in the story and do those emotions appear authentic?
Eye-Contact
E
A
P
Does the speaker use individualized eye-contact throughout the audience?
Paralanguage
E
A
P
Does the speaker manipulate volume, pitch, and tone in pronunciation?
Proxemics
E
A
P
Does the speaker move around the room with purpose to facilitate transitions between or among
CHARACTERS, SETTINGS, and/or ACTIONS?
Chronemics
E
A
P
Does the pace of the speech demonstrate confidence and heighten the dramatic impact of the
narrative?

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