DAC Leader a Person Who Demonstrates Expertise in A Given Field Discussion


Appendix: Your First Speech  (Links to an external site.)

Make sure to use the blue, left-hand “Next” at the bottom of your browser page to navigate through the chapter! (There are 5 pages).

You can access the complete book  (Links to an external site.)online (https://open.lib.umn.edu/publicspeaking/).

How to Navigate the textbook:

Scroll down to “Read Book”, then use the “Contents” drop-down menu on the upper left side of the page to find the chapter and sections of each chapter.   

Make sure to use the left-hand “Next” within the book to navigate through the chapters!

I suggest downloading the book file in the event you ever don’t have internet access. 

Reading Response

  • Why:

A reading response is a technique to read and understand  new material. It is up to you how long this will take. If it looks like an easy chapter or topic, you can skim the chapter and will be done quickly. If it looks like a hard chapter or topic you should spend some more time to carefully read and familiarize yourself with the terminology and identify the questions you have so you will be able to follow the assignments.


EVERY DAY we have reading, complete the following.  Keep in mind, when we have multiple chapters (and we usually do), complete the response for the reading as a whole (DO NOT write the reading response for each individual chapter). So the response can come from a mixture of the chapters.

Your response should include 5 of any combination of the following:

New words/terms  you read, look them up, and write down their meaning in your own words.

Concepts or ideas  in the chapter that are new to you (or you had forgotten about) and explain how you can incorporate these into an upcoming speech (be specific) 

Concepts or ideas  in the chapter that are new to you (or you had forgotten about) and provide a specific example of how you’ll use it in an upcoming speech.

Questions  that you have after reading the text. The question has to be about the chapter. It can be something that is still unclear, a follow-up question based on the information in the chapter, or how it relates to an upcoming or past speech you presented. 

For example, you can write 3 questions and 2 new concepts, OR 2 new words, 1 concept, 2 questions, etc. 

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