Chelsea McMillen’s Persuasive Speech Outline
General Purpose: To persuade my audience
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience into being in favor of distributing contraceptives (condoms, birth control pills, spermicides, etc.) in high schools.
Thesis statement: In order to explain why contraceptives are becoming such a necessity in schools today, I will share how teen parenthood is being glorified, reasons for such an increase in teenage pregnancies, and how effective distributing contraceptives would be.
I. Attention getter: (show slide of pregnant girls) How many of you have ever seen television shows like “16 and Pregnant”, “Teen Mom”, or “The Secret Life of an American Teenager”?
II. Credibility statement: I am not a teen parent, but I have several friends who are and went to school with several teenage parents. Once I chose this topic, I did a lot of research online about the rising problem of teen pregnancy and the unfortunate consequences of contraceptives not being available to teenagers.
III. Relating to the Audience: While most of you are probably not teenage parents, I bet many of you know either a couple girls who got pregnant at a young age or a few guys who got girls pregnant at a young age. Teenage pregnancy is something that affects all of us in some way, either in our homes and neighborhoods or on our televisions and computer screens.
IV. Thesis statement: In order to explain why contraceptives are becoming such a necessity in schools today, I will share how teen parenthood is being glorified, reasons for such an increase in teenage pregnancies, and how effective distributing contraceptives would be.
Transition: First, I want to share how teen parenthood is being glorified.
I. Today, teen pregnancy is flaunted in front of everyone. It makes the front page and covers the magazine racks. There are dozens of televisions shows covering all aspects of a girl’s journey through the nine months of rollercoaster emotions and change.
A. “The Secret Life of an American Teenager”
1. Hollywood version of how a high school pregnancy works out.
2. Makes child-rearing look easy and glamorous.
3. Give false sense of acceptance and support.
B. “16 and Pregnant”
1. Shows a more realistic view of what girls go through in pregnancy and the decisions they face.
2. But still over exposes the issue. It makes life changing decisions look meager.
3. Presents the possibility of fame and attention to teenage girls who get pregnant.
C. Teen stars such as Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin and their babies are plastered all over the front covers of many magazines.
1. These are girls who young children look up to. What sort of example are parents giving their children?
2. Girls are being given real life examples that “being a mom is the best feeling in the world.” –according to Jamie lynn Spears in an interview with OK! Magazine after her baby was born.
Transition: Second, I want to explain some of the reasons there has been such a rise in teenage pregnancy rates.
II. According to Foxnews.com, The United States has higher rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion than in other Western industrialized countries. As posted on 4Parents.gov, one in every three teenage girls will get pregnant before their twentieth birthday.
A. Teens are having sex at younger and younger ages worldwide.
1. According to a story published by ABCnews.com, a 13-year old girl became the youngest mother in Switzerland. The 14-year old father claims “we did use a condom, but it slipped off.” Could this be because condoms aren’t made for pre-pubescent boys?
2. Because of this story and the realization that children are having sex, a condom company in Switzerland has designed and begun marketing a smaller sized product.
B. Abstinence-Only programs in school are no longer effective.
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