The average speech (grade C) should meet the following criteria:
  1.    Conform to the kind of speech assigned  (informative,persuasive,
                 2.    Be ready for presentation on the assigned date.
                 3.    Coform to the time limit
                 4.    Fulfill any special requirements of the assignment--such as
                        preparing an outline, using visual aids, conducting an interview,
                 5.    Have a clear, specific purpose and central idea
                 6.    Have an identifiable introduction, body, and conclusion
                 7.    Show resonable directness and competence in delivery
                 8.    Be free of serious errors in grammar, punctuation, and word

The above average speech (grade B) should meet the preceding criteria and also:
                1.     Deal with a challenging topic
                 2.    Fulfill all major functions of a speech introduction and
                 3.    Display clear organization of main points and supporting
                 4.   Support main points with evidence that meets the tests of
                        accuracy, relevance, objectivity, and sufficiency.
                 5.   Exhibit proficient use of connectives--transitions, internal
                        previews, internal summaries, and signposts.
                 6.   Be delivered skillfully enough so as not to distract attention from
                        the speaker's message.
The superior speech (grade A) should meet all the preceding criteria and also:
                 1.    Constitute a genuine contribution by the speaker to the
                        knowlege or beliefs of the audience.
                 2.    Sustain positive interest, feeling, and/or commitment among the
                 3.   Contain elements of vividness and special interest in the use of
                 4.    Be delivered in a fluent, polished manner that strengthens the
                        impact of the speaker's message.
The below average speech (grade D or F) is seriously deficient in the criteria
required for the C speech.