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Death Penalty: Good or Bad?
Jasmine Garcia and Raymond Osuch
Barry University

 
 
 
 
 
 

Audience Analysis:
Primary
1. What kind of problems run through my audiences mind? 2. What is the age range of my audience?
3. What religions do they practice?
4. Where is each audience member from?
5. How many more girls are there than guys are in my audience? Secondary

1. Why is this topic important to them? The topic is important to my audience because it may help them see the death penalty in a different light.

2. How will my audience benefit from my words? The audience will benefit from my words because they will discover the pros and cons of the death penalty.

3. Will they learn something new? We feel that each audience member will take something away from this speech. Each audience member can take different information, and it will resonate with each of them differently. Purpose Statement:  By the end of our speech the audience will have a better understanding of the death penalty. The audience will be persuaded to either sign a petition to repeal or reject the petition and find the death penalty a necessary course of action for certain crimes. Skeleton Outline:

Body: Pro/Con
I. Pro
A. Features
B. Benefits
II. Con
A. Good
B. Bad
C. Ugly
Introduction:
1. Attention Grabber: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yEHLJg9np0 ( Start at 2:40) 2. Thesis
A. Relate: Outlawing the death penalty has been an ongoing debate in our society for generations. The death penalty has been a controversial form of capital punishment seen as a fit sentencing by some and inhumane by others. George Orwell makes a valid point when he says and I quote “Most people approve of capital punishment, but most people wouldn't do the hangman's job.” Who in here believes in the death penalty? Would you honestly say you could pull the lever, and end someone’s life, as easily as you support it? B. State: Well today we would like to debate upon whether the death penalty should be instituted or abolished by our nation. C. Support: The death penalty can be viewed as a necessity for criminals found guilty of extremely severe crimes. For some, the death penalty is the only way to ensure that the criminal is no longer a threat to society. However, the death penalty by some is viewed as a cruel punishment, and unneeded. Preview Main Points: So today I would like to talk to you about the Pros of the Death Penalty.

Transition:

Body: (Pros & Cons)
I.     Pro
A.    Features
1. Research Definition: Here is the definition of capital punishment (Display on PowerPoint definition as to be open to different types of learners.) |Key Word |Definition |Example: | |Death Penalty |The legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for|(Literal): Electric chair, Lethal | | |a crime; Capital Punishment |Injection, Hanging, etc. |

2. Research Example: In the state of Florida, a death sentence can be evoked under a guilty verdict of the following felonies:

1. Treason
2. Murder
3. Manslaughter
4. Sexual battery
5. Carjacking
6. Home-invasion robbery
7. Robbery
8. Arson
9. Kidnapping
10. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
11. Aggravated battery
12. Aggravated stalking
13. Aircraft piracy
14. Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb 15. Any felony that...
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