General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: At the end of my speech, the audience should be able to describe three major contributing factors of teen pregnancy. Central Idea: Teenage pregnancy can be defined as pregnancy of women who have not reached twenty years of age, regardless of their marital status. Introduction
I would like to take the time to talk about a topic that’s relatively close to my heart; and that is teen pregnancy. Let me start of by telling you a story about a girl in high school, who was dating your typical foot ball player. She was a cheerleader with many dreams she wanted to accomplish. One day, while she and her boyfriend decided to ditch school, she decided to take a pregnancy test to realize, she is in fact pregnant. My name is Xanath and I became pregnant at sixteen. I could have wished to of waited until I was married and had a profession under my belt. I had many dreams all planned out for my future like, joining the military and becoming a police officer. My dreams never seemed impossible to reach. I didn't want to believe it. How could I be pregnant at sixteen? Although teen pregnancy is on its all time low in years, we are still seeing children having children. They are faced with many different challenges and forced to make heart breaking decisions to give their child a better future. According to an NBC News article, written by Maureen Salamon, 3 of every 10 American girls become pregnant by the age of 20. (Salamon) Blueprint: Teenage pregnancy can be defined as pregnancy of women who have not reached twenty years of age, regardless of the marital status. Today I would like to discuss three major contributing factors of teen pregnancy, which are the lack of knowledge for the teen, the pressure to have sex, and the desire to become pregnant. Transition Sentence: To begin, I would first like to discuss the first major factors that contribute in teen pregnancy.
I.) The lack of...