Suicide and Possible Topic Suggestions

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Your goal is to persuade your audience to feel the same way that you do about a certain topic. Where applicable, you also want them to “move to action” to solve a problem or situation. The more facts that you have to support your opinion, the stronger your speech will be. Give your audience a way/method to get involved. They need concrete suggestions. Tell them what they must do to improve the situation. Remember that you need a strong thesis statement!

How to prepare:
1. Pick a topic that interests you.
2. Research your topic in the computer lab or in the library. 3. Find as many facts/statistics/details that you can to support your topic. 4. Talk to others about your subject (interview).
5. Type or write your outline.
6. Practice your speech at home and in front of friends.
7. Present it in class!

Below are some possible topic suggestions. Persuade someone to…

Go to college
Be well-behaved in school
Vote
Quit smoking
Exercise
Learn Spanish
Do volunteer work
Take responsibility for your actions
Keep the environment clean
Have pets spayed/neutered
Count your blessings
Maintain your home and yard better

Eat healthier
Not drink and drive
Wear seat belts
Quit drinking
Not commit suicide
Not spank children
Set goals
Read more often
Write letters
Stop gossiping
Go to Upward Bound
Go to vo-tech

Join track (or some other sport)
Stop using inappropriate language
Wear bike/motorcycle helmets
Quit using any illegal drug
Learn a new skill
Learn more about your culture
Boycott violence movies/shows
Get homework done on time
Start a new hobby
Not be jealous/possessive
Respect other people’s property
Support a certain sports team
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