Persuasive Speech Assignment (Total 100 points)
I. Speech Performance (80 points)
1. Your speech should be based on a question of policy which solves a controversial problem (of national importance) and to persuade your audience that your solution is the best possible one (Please see the attached “Possible Persuasive Speech Topics based on Questions of Policy”--however, you do not have to select one of these topics if you have better idea. It is just for your reference).
Speech length: 6-8 minutes
The speech should be organized according to Monroe’s motivated sequence.
In the body of the speech, you should aim for three major points.
Minimum of five quality sources are required for this speech assignment and these sources should be cited in the bibliography section according to APA format (Please see the attached “General Rules of APA style (5th edition): brief summary”).
Three of these sources must be acceptable published data (government data including census data, academic/scholarly journals, textbooks, etc.). Other two sources may be of a more popular nature—such as US News, Newsweek, Time, and so forth. Please do not include in your bibliography any encyclopedias, any source for which you do not have complete bibliographical data, or Internet webpage material. Be sure to check the credibility of any sources you find.
You are required to include hard copies of each source material in your preparation outline (only first page that shows publisher’s information—title, author, publishing company, etc.). Failure to doing this results in point deduction on both preparation outline and speech grade.
The use of visual aids is highly recommended (but it is optional).
You will deliver extemporaneously from your speech outline. You should use either 3”x 5” or 4”x 6” index cards for your speech outline.
Your speech will be evaluated by the classmates. Please make at least 15 copies of “peer evaluation form.” You should use this form to evaluate your classmates’ speeches.
In addition to the above requirements, for your better preparation, please see the attached checklist II. Preparation Outline (20 points)
You are required to make your own preparation outline for your persuasive speech.
For organizational pattern, each of the five steps in Monroe’s Motivated Sequence should be used in outlining the speech. Please label each step of Monroe’s sequence on the left column of the outline (Please see the attached sample preparation outline).
You should cite sources in bibliography section according to APA format (Please see the attached “General Rules of APA style (5th edition): brief summary”). You should attach the first page copy of your five sources at the end of your preparation outline.
For other general rules, please follow the same guideline that you used for your preparation outline assignment. The guideline is still available in webmt.
The preparation outline is due on the day of your speech. Hand it to the instructor when you get up to speak. Failure to turn in your outline results in penalty in your speech grade.
III. Mechanics of Delivery
1. You will deliver your speech in the classroom on one of the dates you signed. Missing an assigned speech without university sanctioned excuse will result in an automatic 30 point penalty per delayed session. Exception can be made only in the case of clearly documented emergencies involving serious illness and/or hospitalization.
Things to Remember
When speech is in progress, please enter the classroom after the applause. Your cooperation will make our speech session more meaningful.
Possible Persuasive Speech Topics based on Questions of Policy
Age discrimination Road rage
Adoption laws Women’s rights
Bibliography: Connidis, I. (1989). Contact between siblings in later life. Canadian Journal of
Sociology, 14, 429-442.
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