07.01 Evaluating a Speaker Worksheet
What is the speaker’s claim?
The speaker says, “The morning of November the 10th was just a regular day.”
This sentence had a huge effect on me, as I’m sure the rest of the audience, because it makes you realize that you may think you’re a “pro” at texting and driving or you may think you’re “invincible” but matter of fact is texting and driving can kill you when you least expect it. Like that old saying “whenever you get too comfortable something bad is bound to happen”
Point of View
From whose point of view is the speech told?
Alex Brown’s mother, father and brother.
This made us, as the audience, realize how much we can hurt our parents just as much as ourselves when texting and driving.
What evidence is presented to support the claim?
Throughout the whole article, it supports the claim. For example, when the mother said; “And I left. You know, just a normal day. About 9:30, the aide came in from the college class and said that Alex had not made it to school and wanted to know if she was supposed to be there that day. Of course, she was. She would just never answer her phone, so I went and told the office that I needed to go find her. But, I knew where she was, and I knew what had happened.
As I stated before, this had huge effect on us because of the fact that so many teenagers have that “oh it won’t happen to me, I’ll be fine” mindset and one day, it’ll be just a normal day of going to work or school or hanging out with friends and that’s when it’ll happen: a car will hit you or it could be raining and you could spin out and hit a tree or go down a hill.
What ideas are stated which are related to the claim?
“I told her, I said, "You've got to stop this. You're going to have a wreck if you continue to do this." But, her mentality was it wasn't gonna happen to her, because she looked me right...
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