Persuasive Assignment

Persuasive Speech Assignment

1. Begin by making an outline. You may use the same template that you used for your Informative Speech.

2. Your general goal of this speech is to persuade.  Specifically, you are to persuade your audience to change their minds about some significant and current social, political, or economic problem facing the world today.  Be sure to consider the audience.

3. You must use the problem-solution organizational pattern for this speech.  Thesis statement should be clear and identifiable.

4. Your speech must show evidence of quality research. The minimum number of published sources (books, magazine articles, journal articles, etc.) is four (4).  All sources must be credible. You must cite sources orally, including the name, source, and date.  An example might be, “Prof. Bob Smith, professor of medicine at Harvard University stated in the July 8, 2003 issue of the New York Times that.…” You must also turn in a complete list of references following the American Psychological Association (APA) documentation style.

5. You must use appropriate types of supporting arguments in the speech. This is not a speech of opinion.  You need to provide more than a summary of your perspective.   You need to use the following: examples, analogies, statistics, and testimony.

6. The time limits for this speech are 7-10 minutes.  You will have a 30-second grace period on both ends of this time limit.  Not staying within time limits will adversely affect your grade.

7. Be sure your introduction accomplishes all of the goals that it should.  In other words, use an attention-getter, reveal the thesis statement, establish credibility, establish significance of the topic, and preview the development of the speech.

8. Be sure the conclusion accomplishes all of its goals.  Provide a summary, refer to the introduction to provide closure, and give impact.  Do not begin the conclusion by saying, “In conclusion….”  You can be more creative than that.

9. Be sure to use transitions in the appropriate places in the speech.  This includes transition from the introduction to the body, from the body to the conclusion, and internally within the speech

10. Deliver the speech extemporaneously.  Speeches that are read will receive a failing grade.   Be sure to consider physical delivery, vocal delivery, and language choice.  You may use minimal notes