First Man in Space
Topic: Yuri Gagarin
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about first man who escaped Earth’s gravity and appeared in space. Thesis: Gagarin was to be the very first man being in space. Introduction
Attention Getter: What would you think if I ask who was the first man in space? First idea is Neil Armstrong? Isn’t it? But what if I say that there was cosmonaut from Soviet Union who traveled in space one year earlier?
Significance of Topic: Sounds not familiar? Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin made history on April 12, 1961 when he became both the first person in the world to enter space and the first person to orbit the Earth.
Establishment of Ethos: Since childhood, this man was a hero of mine that’s why I decided to investigate his biography more detailed.
Thesis: Gagarin was to be the very first man being in space.
Preview Statement: So today we will go on tour to the spacecraft and take a look at Yuri Gagarin’s life background, his road in becoming a cosmonaut, and the historic flight itself.
(Transition: So let’s start our trip by finding out Yuri Gagarin’s life background.)
I. According to article “Life and Death of Yuri Gagarin” published in Engineering and Technology magazine on April 2011, Yuri Gagarin was born in March 9, 1934 in a small village west of Moscow in Russia (then known as the Soviet Union). Yuri was the third of four children and spent his childhood on a collective farm where his father, Alexey Gagarin, worked as a carpenter and bricklayer and his mother, Anna Gagarina, worked as a milkmaid. A.
Like millions of people in the Soviet Union, the Gagarin family suffered during Nazi occupation in World War II. After a German officer took over their house, the family constructed a small mud hut where they spent a year and nine months until the end of the occupation. 1.
Life was difficult during the war and the Gagarins were kicked out of their home and moved to another...
References: Bizony, Piers, (April, 2011). Life and Death of Yuri Gagarin. Engineering & Technology. 31 (2), pp.35-37
Rosenberg, Jennifer (May 5, 2010). The First Man in Space. Available at: http://history1900s.about.com/od/1960s/a/yurigagarin.htm. Last Accessed March 15, 2013.
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