PURPOSE: The purpose of this speech is to make a claim of value based on your ideas as to whether a topic is good or bad, right or wrong, moral or immoral, etc. A persuasive speech can only occur in a situation in which two or more points of view exist. Therefore, you must take a stance on the value of a particular issue or idea.
TOPIC: For a value speech, most topics are generally issued based. However, you could choose to advocate the value of an object or product (Zaxby’s has the best chicken fingers, Ford make the best car, etc.). For issue-based speeches, there are several topics that are off limits for this speech as they have been overused and really do not have “new” arguments that can be developed. These topics include:
Legalizing Marijuana, Seatbelts Organ/Blood Donation, Abortion, Gun Control, Euthanasia, Death Penalty, Lowering the Drinking Age, Same Sex Marriage, Why to Exercise, Why not to Smoke, Drink, Engage in Unsafe Sexual Practices. Be unique.
When choosing your topic, try to pick a subject that foremost interests you. Then, based on the information you read from your textbook about audience adaptation, try to make that subject interesting to your classmates. The ultimate power of making your speech engaging and interesting lies in your hands. Remember, the more you care about your topic, the more likely the audience is going to be interested in it, even if they weren’t before your speech. Keep in mind for this speech that if your topic does not directly affect your audience in some way, they won’t care enough to be persuaded.
2. The topic is appropriate for the assigned general purpose.
3. A minimum of five sources should be used to provide adequate supporting material -These sources must be cited in the delivery of the speech as well as on your bibliography. You should also cite any additional sources you use over and above the five required sources. All sources should be cited within the body of the speech itself, and each main point must contain a source. Sources cited within the introduction and/or conclusion of the speech will not count towards the citation requirement.
-Encyclopedias, dictionaries, Wikipedia and other general reference materials may not be used. -Only two sources may come from the Internet. -At least one of the sources must carry a publication date within the last 12 months.
4. One copy of your full-sentence outline and bibliography (as one Word doc) must be submitted
5. A copy of the bibliography/reference should be attached to your outline. We use APA style for source citation. If you are unfamiliar with APA format, you may utilize the tools at http://citationmachine.net(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)as a resource.
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