Lowering Legal Drinking Age

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Speech 1060
July 16th, 2011

Persuasion Speech

Lowering Legal Drinking Age

General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Purpose: Want audience to agree that lowering drinking age to 18 won’t be as bad as some are making it out to be. Organizational Pattern: Monroe’s Motivated Sequence.

I. Introduction:
a. Attention strategy: When was the last time you wanted to crack open a cold Bud Light and chug it? Maybe you are over 21 and it you do it all of the time. b. Does the topic relate to the audience and establish credibility: We all like to relax in different ways, so why can’t there be a little liquor involved? c. What is the specific issue: Why can we let our sons and daughters go shoot AK 47’s, but won’t let them order a drink when we’re at dinner. Letting 18 and over ages drink legally will just make them legal in public. There are so many underage drinkers you will never even know about. d. Lowering the age will just legalize what is already going in college and at some people’s home.

Transition Statement (signpost)

II Needs Step
A. State the problem: Lowering the drinking age will make things fairer. 1. What needs changing? The law.
2. What is the specific issue? Making it so that those 20 and under can vote, fight in wars, and drink legally. B. How significant is the problem? Although, this topic is one that can easily be put aside for more serious laws to be passes. How long are we going to wait though? Alcohol became legal in December of 1933, it’s now 2011. 1. Quantitative (how many numbers are involved in this problem?): The law isn’t just for Michigan, it’s for the whole United States, and so we are talking about millions of people. As far as people being under 21, that’s about 27% of the population. 2. Qualitative (what is the quality of life of those involved in this problem): Drinking too frequently and at a young age can have a negative impact on your health! C. Brief History: The 21 and up...
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