In this writing assignment you will review the process used to select a topic and determine the specific purpose and main points for a persuasive speech.

Assignment 6.1: Prepare a Persuasive Speech

Prepare a Persuasive Speech

Objective

Prepare a persuasive speech

Assignment Overview

In this writing assignment you will review the process used to select a topic and determine the specific purpose and main points for a persuasive speech.

Deliverables

A one-page (250-word) paper and outline

Step 1 Select a topic.

Choose a topic that fits into one of the categories of persuasive speeches that was highlighted in the lesson.

Step 2 Review lesson information.

Review the information in Lesson 4 of the course about creating a specific purpose statement and thesis, deriving a question based on the thesis, and using the question to determine the main points to cover in the speech.

Step 3 Provide information about your topic.

In a document, determine and enter the following information about your topic:

  • Description of the audience for your speech (you get to define your audience.)
  • Topic
  • Specific purpose
  • Thesis
  • Question based on thesis
  • Three to five main points

Step 4 Select a pattern.

Based on your knowledge of patterns of organizing speech information, select a pattern of organization to use to create an outline for your speech.

Step 5 Depending on the pattern of speech you chose, open the corresponding outline template document.

To locate the template outlines available on the MySpeechLab website:

Access MySpeechLab
Scroll through the list of template outlines to locate the one you wish to use.
Copy the template outline and paste it into your word processing document.

Step 6 Enter the following information about your persuasive speech.

  • State the organization pattern you’ve chosen
  • Description of the audience for your speech (you get to define your audience.)
  • Topic
  • Specific purpose
  • Thesis
  • Question based on thesis
  • Three to five main points

Step 7 Create an outline.

Using the template, create a full-sentence, preparation outline for your speech. Follow the guidelines presented in the lesson for using a consistent set of symbols, using full, declarative sentences, and entering transitions within square brackets.

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