Persuasive Speech: John Smalls

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Behavioral Objective: Each student will deliver a 4 to 6 minute speech with the purpose to inform and PERSUADE their audience.

Topic Selection: Each student will choose their own topic. The topic must be a SOCIAL TWO SIDED ISSUE. The student will select ONE SIDE of the issue to support and convince their audience to TAKE ACTION. See page three for possible topics.

Assignments: ONE PAGE SUMMARY. Each student will submit a one page summary that includes the following: 1. their topic choice. 2. The side they will support. 3. A paragraph of WHY they support that side of the issue and how they are going to convince the audience to make a change. Also included in the one page summation will be TWO RESEARCH articles from recent publications that support the speaker’s point of review.

OUTLINE: Each student is required to submit a one page outline that will follow the format of the assignment. See example below.

MANUSCRIPT: Each student is required to submit a complete word for word manuscript of their final speech on the day of the delivery of their speech. The manuscript must follow the format of the assignment. See the model in the assignment.

WORKS CITED PAGE: Each student must have a “WORKS CITED” page that is submitted with their manuscript on the day of their speech.

MONROE’S MOTIVATED SEQUENCE: The format of the speech will follow the format listed below:

I.A. Attention Grabber: Using DOCUMENTED RESEARCH the student will tell the audience a “REAL LIFE EXAMPLE” of a person or a group of people that were adversely affected by the problem they are going to discuss.

B.Identify the topic and the side you will support.
C.Review the Main Points:
1.Significance of the problem
2.Plan to solve the problem
4.Call to Action

II.Body of the Speech
A.Significance of the problem: Here the speaker will identify the scope of the problem showing with DOCUMENTED RESEARCH how widespread the problem is. B.Plan to solve the problem: Here the speaker will tell the audience how the CURRENT SYSTEM will be changed to bring about a change in the way we handle the problem. C.Advantages: Here the speaker will tell the audience how we will benefit from the changes.

B.CALL TO ACTION: Here the speaker will tell the audience HOW to change the current system and give them WAYS to do so.

Eye Contact
Physical Response: Including stance and gesture
Familiarity: Ability to follow the assignment structure and outline Willingness to Communicate: Ability to convince the audience of a sincere intent. Enthusiasm and energy! Poise: Taking control over nervousness and mistakes.

TIME: This is a 5 to 7 minute speech. One point will be deducted for every six seconds over or under the time limits.

Professional Dress: FIVE extra credit points will be added to the final grade for professional dress on the day of the speech.


Gun Control
Legalization of Marijuana
Stem Cell Research
Health Care Reform
Child Abuse
War in Iraq
War in Afghanistan
Capital Punishment
Current Bailout of Banks and Industries
Homeland Security
Animal Activist Issues
Environmental Issues
--global warming
--alternative energy development
North Korea
Free Trade Agreements
Outsourcing Jobs
Military Spending
Rise in College Tuition
English Only Laws
Minority Quotas in College Acceptance
Raising the Age Limit for a Driver’s License
Lowering the Drinking Age
Steroid Use for Professional Athletes
School Funding (raising taxes)
Taking Vending Machines out of Schools (child obesity)
Getting Rid of Bad Teachers
Gulf Oil Spill
Cell Phones and Texting while driving

Attention Grabber: John Smalls was an average citizen living in Omaha, Nebraska last year when suddenly he was struck down by a heart attack. During his stay in the hospital Mr. Smalls was...
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