An Example of a 7-8 Minute Speech to Convince
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By Public Speaking Student
Military Recruitment in Schools
Topic Development Segment:
Topic Statement: Military recruiters being allowed to approach students on school property is wrong and unjust.
Specific Purpose Statement: I want to convince my audience that military recruitment on school grounds is done in an unfair way.
Thesis Statement: Military recruiters are vicious and go into places where young adults are easy targets and take advantage of them. Introduction:
Attention-getter: “School ownership is our goal.” Who on earth would want to have full control over a school and its students? The military would and that quote comes directly from United States Army Recruiting Program Handbook.
Relevance: As I speak, the military is thinking of ways to stop you from getting your degree and they’re trying to prevent your younger siblings and friends from even starting.
Ethos: After seeing a number of my young friends lured into this situation, I began researching the topic, and in the past I have brought up my feelings of this injustice to the higher-ups at my previous college.
Thesis: Military recruiters are finding innocent and unsure young people and taking advantage of them by brainwashing them into joining the army.
Preview of Main Points: Today I will be bringing light to the terrible ways that the military is forcing students to give up on their dreams and how important it is that we see this action as unacceptable.
Transition: To really help you understand the urgency of this issue, let me provide you with some examples.
Statement of Need: As a society, we have to give these young people a chance at life and achieving their personal goals.
Main Point: Recruiters target the schools with a high drop out percentage, poorer communities, and ethnic neighborhoods. B.
Main Point: The recruiters fill their heads with ideas that they can never make it into school by attacking students with lower grades and lower family incomes. C.
Main Point: Students are made to believe that college is very hard and that a year or so off of school would be beneficial.
Illustration: Do not forget the way that military officials act.
Main Point: Recruiters are vicious and they never give up. The word “no” to does not exist to them. B.
Main Point: The Military disciplines their soldiers with drill sergeants. Do you think you’d really be able to fight up against that?
Ramification: These instances that recruiters are in schools are not rare. A.
Main Point: The numbers of soldiers straight out of high school is sickening. 1.
Support: These people could be incredibly beneficial to our society but instead we are losing them to war.
Pointing: Many of us in this room probably have a friend or loved one who is currently fighting overseas-would we want them to be there risking their lives every single day simply because they were talked into it by recruiter?
Transition: We are unaware of so many injustices in our world today- we must learn what is really going so that we can control our future.
Statement of Satisfaction: The world at age 17 and 18 is so unsure and we need to recognize this in order for us to see the wrong-doings that the military are engaging in.
Statement of Explanation: This should be important to every single person in the United States. A. Main Point: This issue directly affects our lives no matter who we are 1.
Support: Whether it is a friend or family member, a military recruiter would like to find that person. And, because of human nature, we would like to protect them, and we should!
Reference to Practical Experience: In the past the government has done many things that people do not approve of. A.
Main Point: Just because we are ordinary citizens does not mean that we have...
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