COMM 111



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Current Issue Speech

Persuasive Speech

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Persuasive Speech

6-8 minutes


This is your chance to get on your soapbox! You choose a side to an issue and advocate it. Pick a current controversial topic, and persuade us about it-whether it centers on a question of fact, value or policy. Don't be afraid to be specific-if you want the audience to sign a petition, bring one in! Your goals in this speech are to use the information you have learned this term about language style, organizational strategies, supporting evidence, persuasive appeals and delivery, to present a polished, thorough, persuasive speech. There are 3 specific types of persuasive speeches: Indicate on your outline which you have chosen.)

  • Propositions of Facts: Your goal in this speech is to persuade us to accept a particular view of the disputed facts. If the facts are not in dispute, there is no reason for you to try to persuade us. Your topic may address past, present, or future facts.
  • Propositions of Value: Your goal in this speech is to persuade us to agree with your value judgments about an issue. These judgments deal with the relative worth of things; good or bad, right or wrong. You must justify your opinions by establishing standards by which we can measure the issue.
  • Propositions of Policy: Your goal in this speech is to persuade us what course of action should or should not be taken. Tell us what needs to be done. Again be very specific-Who should do what? Who is accountable? How can we participate in this change?


(See Evaluation Form)

Speech: Your speech needs to meet the basic requirements found on the Evaluation Form to earn a "C" grade. This is the form your instructor will use to grade your speech. You should use it as a checklist when writing and practicing your speech. To earn a "B" or "A", see the Criteria for Grading Speeches.

Sources: You will need at least 4 different outside research sources for this speech for a "C" grade. Cite them in your speech also. Be sure to have sources supporting all parts of the body of the speech. Attach a copy of the title page of the book or the first page of journal articles to your bibliography.

Outline: You need to turn in 2 copies of your outline on the day you speak. Your outline must be typed, free of spelling and grammar errors, and properly formatted. Your sources need to be typed, in the correct bibliographic format, at the end of your outline. You also need to identify in the left margin, the rhetorical labels that apply to each part of your speech including type of speech and organizational pattern. There is a list of possible rhetorical labels in the Reference Materials section.



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