An effective presentation requires careful preparation. In this task, you will create a plan for an informative or
persuasive presentation that addresses a research-based, academic topic. Your preparation will include
researching your chosen topic, planning for your intended audience, and creating an outline or other plan for
Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no
more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used
as a guide.
You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will
be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect.
The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course.
A. Describe your intended audience and why the topic is important to this audience (suggested length of 2–5
B. Create a presentation plan (e.g., outline) for a five- to seven-minute presentation on your chosen topic by
including the following parts:
1. An effective introduction that includes the following aspects:
• an attention-getting opening
• a thesis statement
• a preview of the main points of the presentation
Note: For a five- to seven-minute speech, two to three main points are recommended.
2. Supporting evidence (e.g., statistics, published research) for the main points
Note: Avoid using personal opinion, personal research, or personal experience as your supporting evidence.
3. an effective conclusion that includes a summary of the main points and closing comments.
4. a minimum of three credible sources
a. Acknowledge sources within the text for all content that is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized, and
provide a reference list that includes the author, date of publication, title, and location of information (e.g.,
publisher, journal, website URL) for each source. APA citation style is strongly encouraged.
Note: Refer to the attached APA Guide for Communication Performance Tasks if needed.
C. Attach one visual element (e.g., chart, graph, picture, model) that supports one of the main points with
acknowledgement of any source information used.