Rhetoric: Creating community through public speaking
Example of a student speech
Introduce yourself Good morning elders, lecturers, and fellow students. My name is … …. I come from a small and rural town in North Queensland called Ayr and belong to the Birri-Gubba tribe which inhabit that area. This is my first year at Batchelor and I am currently studying primary education. Before I begin my speech I would like to respect, thank and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land upon which we meet. In this speech I will be talking to you about the necessity and importance of making a stand in our communities. I will be talking about the results and outcomes of making a stand and whom it will effect and influence being males and females, Indigenous and nonIndigenous and political and non-political. Enumerate the parts of the speech Firstly, I will explain that making a stand is necessary. Secondly, I will describe what Australia will be like when we, Indigenous people, make a stand in our communities. Thirdly, I will paint a picture of what Australia will be like if we don't stand up and be counted. I will end by restating the importance of making a stand and standing up for what we believe. Transition to 1st PART Antithesis I now come to the first part of my speech. In this part I will explain that making a stand and standing up for what we believe is important and is a necessity. I was recently at a community meeting where the speaker was talking about an issue that I, along with many others strongly disagreed with. But what did we do? Nothing. Standing up for what you believe is not a right. Making a stand in your community is a responsibility that you and I must carry out. Making a stand in the community is a necessity and responsibility that everyone, both young and old, needs to be involved in today, tomorrow and forever, and we need to do it now. Now is the time to fight for equality, equity and social justice. Now is the time to make a difference in...
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