Unit III Lesson 1, Unit VII Lesson 6

Oral Presentation Rubric

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Performance Element Distinguished Proficient Apprentice Novice Possible Actual
Awareness of Audience
  • Significantly increases audience understanding and knowledge of topic;
  • Effectively convinces an audience to recognize the validity of a point of view.
  • Raises audience understanding and awareness of most points;
  • Clear point of view, but development or support is inconclusive and incomplete.
  • Raises audience understanding and knowledge of some points;
  • Point of view may be clear, but lacks development or support.
  • Fails to increase audience understanding or knowledge of topic.
  • Fails to effectively convince the audience.
Strength of Material, Organization
  • Clear purpose and subject;
  • Pertinent examples, facts, and/or statistics;
  • Conclusions/ideas are supported by evidence;
  • Major ideas summarized and audience left with full understanding of presenter's position.
  • Has some success defining purpose and subject;
  • Some examples, facts, and/or statistics support the subject;
  • Includes some data or evidence which supports conclusions or ideas;
  • May need to refine summary or final idea.
  • Attempts to define purpose and subject;
  • Weak examples, facts, and/or statistics, which do not adequately support the subject;
  • Includes very thin data or evidence in support of ideas or conclusions;
  • Major ideas may need to be summarized or audience is left with vague idea to remember.
  • Subject and purpose are not clearly defined;
  • Very weak or no support of subject through use of examples, facts, and/or statistics;
  • Totally insufficient support for ideas or conclusions. Major ideas left unclear, audience left with no new ideas.
  • Relaxed, self-confident and appropriately dressed for purpose or audience;
  • Builds trust and holds attention by direct eye contact with all parts of audience;
  • Fluctuation in volume and inflection help to maintain audience interest and emphasize key points.
  • Quick recovery from minor mistakes;
  • Appropriately dressed;
  • Fairly consistent use of direct eye contact with audience;
  • Satisfactory variation of volume and inflection.
  • Some tension or indifference apparent and possible inappropriate dress for purpose or audience;
  • Occasional but unsustained eye contact with audience;
  • Uneven volume with little or no inflection.
  • Nervous tension obvious and/or inappropriately dressed for purpose or audience:
  • No effort to make eye contact with audience;
  • Low volume and/or monotonous tone cause audience to disengage.

Rubric adapted from Rochester City School District Oral Presentation Rubric.


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