Oral Presentation


Thoroughly prepared: speech/performance is mostly or fully memorized and well-rehearsed, and assisted with excellent notes and visual-aids or other materials

Speaker has poise and confidence; looks at ease

Not too fast or slow—the perfect pace

Speaker projects so that everyone can easily hear, pronouncing each word correctly and clearly

Speaker captivates and engages audience; makes eye contact regularly


Good notes and evidence of some practicing; all necessary materials present

Speaker maintains good posture and gesticulates appropriately

Speed is good—usually not too fast or slow

Almost everyone can hear; most words are clear and pronounced correctly

Audience engaged most of the time; eye contact is made fairly often


Speaker has satisfactory notes or reads from script;  may have practiced once or twice; most needed materials present

Speaker stands up straight, but may fidget; no hands in pockets

Speed is a bit fast or slow, or varies unnecessarily

Some in the room can hear; clearly spoken, but a couple words mispronounced

Audience is interested; some eye contact made


Speaker reads from script; little evidence of practicing; some needed materials present

Speaker stands up straight, but fidgets; no hands in pockets

Speed is too fast or slow, or varies unnecessarily

Hard for most people to hear, or mumbled; some words mispronounced

Audience seems a little bored; eye contact made once or twice


Speaker has an incomplete script; no evidence of practice; no needed materials on hand

Speaker sometimes stands up straight, but fidgets; hands may be in pockets

Pace is off; speaker is faltering

Volume is too low, words are unclear or mumbled

Some in the audience seem bored; no eye contact is made


No notes or script, no evidence of practice, no necessary materials on hand:  Speaker seems to be “winging it”

Speaker fidgets, doesn’t stand up straight, and/or puts hands in pockets

Pace is erratic – speeds up and slows down a lot because of uncertainty

Too quiet; speaker runs words together; words are unclear; hard to understand

No eye contact; listeners are bored; speaker starts before audience is ready

Adapted from Erin Kurtz’s rubric, found at http://shusd.schoolwires.com/Page/969 - Accessed 8/11/2012