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Choose one of the following types of persuasive speeches and prepare a presentation for the class. A sheet with persuasive topics is available. This presentation will be performed with Power Point. A picture of yourself will be needed for the first slide. There will be a minimum of four slides and two graphics. A written outline will also be turned in along with the presentation. This project is due Thursday January 31st. Follow Introduction, Body, and Conclusion format. NOTE: Sources must cited .

1.      Informative SpeechIntroductions:

        Thesis Statement. (An explanation of the topic in a single sentence)

        Use some kind of attention device.

        Have a preview sentence. Three to four topics that are discussed in the body).

        Have a transition sentence. A sentence that flows into the body)

2.      Body:

        Write a paragraph from each topic.

        The topics should be written in order of the preview.

3.      Conclusion:

Write a summery of the body (four to five sentences).

1.    Speech that addresses attitudes. This kind of speech is aimed at changing the way people think or feel about a particular subject. Possible topics:

o        Drug testing on the job.

o        AIDS in the workplace.

o        The Georgia state flag.

o        Nuclear energy .

o        Tougher tobacco use laws .

2.    Speech that urges action. This kind of speech is aimed at getting the audience to do something. The action may be individual or group action, immediate or ongoing action. Possible topics:

o        Urge your audience to take more communication classes.

o        Boycott a particular company or product.

o        Volunteer for some kind of community service.

o        Donate blood.

3.    Speech of contention. This kind of speech is aimed at refuting opposing arguments. Here you present someone else's argument which you then refute (argue against). Possible topics:

Explain the problems with:

o        A balanced-budget amendment.

o        A national health care plan.

o        Rush Limbaugh.

o        Required courses outside one's major.

o        Arts funding.

Regardless of which type of persuasive speech you choose, you may want to consider using the motivated sequence as a way of organizing your material. Here's how it works:

1.    Get your audience's attention. Open with a provocative statement, question, example, or anecdote related to your topic

2.    Establish a need. Describe a problem, a current situation that needs attention, a lack, or a misconception

3.    Satisfy that need. Offer a solution to the problem, a corrective to the misconception, etc.

4.    Visualize the future. Describe what the future will be like if things aren't changed, and what it will be like if they are

5.    Ask for action. Encourage your audience to implement your solution, adopt your attitude, vote for your proposal, etc.

 

OPENINGS THAT GRAB ATTENTION

PERSUASIVE TOPICS

MOTORCYCLES AND HELMETS

THE IMPORTANCE OF CPR

JUDICIARY SYSTEM

SELF DEFENSE AND RAPE

PLASTIC SURGERY

EUTHANASIA

SHOULD OLLIE NORTH GO TO JAIL

SATAN ON THE RISE

ONE NATION UNDER GUNS

MAKING OURSELVES HEALTHY

VEGETARIANISM

WRITE YOUR OWN WILL

ALLOWING KIDS TO DROP OUT

CREDIT CARDS SAY NO

MEMORY

THE RISING COST OF HEALTH CARE

DIVORCE

NUCLEAR PLANT REACTION

DRUG LEGALIZATION

SMOG

FLY WITHOUT FEAR

VIVISECTION

SAFETY IN SEAT BELTS

BLOOD DONATIONS

SMOKING AND PREGNANCY DON'T MIX

QUICK ADVERTISING

BATTERED WOMEN

OUR FLAT EARTH

OVERPOPULATION

ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION

PUNISHMENT FOR DRUNK DRIVERS

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

EDUCATION NEEDS MORE MONEY

RIGHT TO DIE

DEVELOPING SELF-ESTEEM

AMERICAN FAMILY IN TROUBLE

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

PASSIVE SMOKE IS DEADLY

NEUTER YOUR PETS

U.S. TRADE MARKET

INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE

RECYCLE

U.S. AND ITS FOREIGN AFFAIRS

VOTING APATHY

RACISM

Talk Radio

MENTAL HYGIENE

STOP SMOKING

TENURE SYSTEM

LEGALIZED GAMBLING

DESIGNER DRUGS

Violence on TV

ABORTION

VOTING RIGHTS

WATER CONSERVATION

THE JURY

CHILD LABOR ISSUES

FINANCING PUBLIC SCHOOLS

URBAN DEVELOPMENT

MUSIC CENSORSHIP

AIDS EDUCATION

GULF WAR AND THE MEDIA

CREATION OF THE UNIVERSE

The War on Terrorism

RODNEY KING VERDICTS

SKIN CARE AND THE SUN

GUN CONTROL

ANTI-COLUMBUS CELEBRATION

CULTURAL EDUCATION

THE DEATH PENALTY

 

 

Persuasive Speech Topics

 

 

       donating blood


       wearing seatbelts


       reasons to stay in school


        why you should recycle


       paying off credit card debt ASAP


       the existence of ghosts


       against male-bashing


       school vouchers


       why the lottery should be outlawed


       why breakfast is the most important meal of the day


       there must also be life on other planets


       should suicide be legal for individuals with no hope of recovery?


       eating vegetarian


       being an organ donor


       why all people should wash their hands


       persuading people not to drink and drive


       why you should quit smoking right now


       off campus lunch


       why you should volunteer to be a "big brother/big sister"


       the capital punishment (the death penalty) is immoral and should not be used


       why tobacco should be considered illegal


       that affirmative action should not be enforced in the workplace


       why welfare should be for a limited time


       using drugs


       why exercise is important


       why Napster should be illegal / legal


       eating disorders: how to recognize them and how to get help for them


       persuading a teenager's parents to let him/her go on an educational trip to Europe over the summer


       why pitchers shouldn't hit


       why you shouldn't procrastinate / put things off to the last minute


       why we should not contribute to global warming / smog


       why prescription drug costs should be so high / low


       don't buy cosmetics that are tested on animals


       why you should always wear clean underwear


       buying foods with preservatives in them


       why you shouldn't listen to boy bands


       benefits of spirituality


       people should be allowed to shop without being harassed by the police because of their appearances


       landmines


       against wearing fur


       that video games do increase violence


       why you should get the Meningitis shot


       why Sesame Street is great


       why there shouldn't be movie sequels


       making handguns illegal / legal


       why medicines and pharmaceutical products shouldn't be tested on animals


       why sports drinks are better then water while playing sports


       should 16 be the age for granting driving licenses?


       why American History shouldn't be a requirement in high school


       snakes are good pets


       community service


       more severe punishment for child molesters


       homelessness


       support your local orchestra, choir, etc.


       there are UFO's


       fear of flying is irrational because air travel is safer than many everyday things


       beginning genealogy: why you should start researching your family tree right now


       the media is not a 100% believable source


       taking time out of each day to read something for pleasure


       exploitation of college athletes


       school uniforms take away people's identity


       how handicapped people can do just as much as non-handicapped people


       school prayer at football games


       adopting a Greyhound


       getting enough sleep - why sleep should be important to you


       why you should go to college


       for prayer in public schools


       why you should vote


       being an optimist / having a positive attitude instead of a negative one


       why there should be an open campus study HALL


       why the abortion pill RU-486 should be illegal


       persuading you to be Pro-Choice


       non-smokers' rights (persuading smokers not to force the rest of us to breathe their second-hand smoke) -- or -- why smoking should be banned in public places


       why you shouldn't bite your nails


       why Pepsi is better than Coke


       profit-sharing


       why people should take care of their animals


       reasons to not have an abortion


       why you should invest $100 in the stock market right now


       why you should forgive


       purple grapes vs. green grapes


       child support


       why you should join a fraternity or sorority


       to start using chap stick


       why do abused wives remarry abusive husbands multiple times?


       not to wear ugly shoes


       why it's sometimes good to have silence


       why skiing is better than snowboarding


       that _______ music is good


       people really are from another planet


       censorship


       what's better, dorm room or apartment/housing


       to persuade people to change their attitude and/or behavior towards senior citizens


       water conservation


       why the USA still needs to keep building up its military


       having seatbelts in school buses


       why government should fund the performing arts


       that schools should have metal detectors


       why dogs/cats are better pets than cats/dogs


       the minimum wage should be higher


       taking vitamins


       why Ohio's new law against abandonment of newborns should be adopted everywhere


       why you should give money to bums on the street


       are SUV'S on the road safe?


       police officers need/dont need better weapons


       for hate crimes legislation


       why war is bad


       why we should jog more


       why teachers who practice Witchcraft should not be allowed to teach


       why you shouldn't let peer pressure influence your decisions


       Star Trek is better than Star Wars


       baseball and the salary cap


       are we truly living in a democratic society?


       should abusive parents get a second chance?


       the pros & cons of mustaches


       pro-hunting


       how to give up drinking and be glad you did


       Eminem is a better role model than Britney Spears


       drinking tea is better than coffee


       you should take life one day at a time because you don't know how much time you have left


       should children of domestic violence be removed from the home?


       animal abuse -- that it is morally wrong for people to abuse animals


       evolution: fact or fiction?


       why dating should be done in a group atmosphere


       why the impact of SAT's should be lowered in the college admissions process


       why parents should talk to their kids


       chunky peanut butter versus creamy peanut butter


       why Daylight Savings Time is good for us


       should we be dissecting live animals in school?


       saving for retirement


       skateboarding vs. rollerblading


       why housecleaning is important for the body and mind


       should there be finals?


       why you should avoid get rich quick schemes


       should children ever be prosecuted as adults?


       Whaling should be stopped


       how comic books can really help children learn


       why juveniles who commit felonies should be treated as adults


       against cloning of animals/humans


       your computer is a spy machine


       how to apply makeup


       why you should attend extracurricular school events


       appreciating the modern conveniences we take for granted


       all students should have to take a foreign language


       why chocolate is good for you


       the need for development of better public transportation in the US


       why you should clip your toenails


       are you drinking enough water?


       allowing neon lights on cars


       lowering the drinking age


       why we should ride bikes to work and/or school


       why shoes are good


       racial profiling


       the evils of football and how it relates to the downfall of American society


       that listening to violent lyrics doesn't make a person violent


       that Santa Claus does exist


       why the USA is better than Canada


       you should learn to play golf


       how veal is treated and why you shouldn't eat it


       should driving with cell phones be illegal?


       using sunscreen


       Ford vs. Chevrolet


       why my dog is better than most dogs


       importance of learning CPR


       Why you should/shouldnt get a tattoo?


       putting a pet to sleep (animal euthanasia)


       the benefits of hypnosis


       why you should take great care in choosing a job - that the money isn't the only thing to consider


       why emissions regulations are a good thing


       creating a book club


       why hotdogs are gross and you shouldn't eat them


       why there are so many lawsuits today


       plastic surgery can be good/bad for you


       how small businesses, despite their puny profit margins, are needed in our market to keep the big businesses from monopolizing everything


       why you shouldn't be a pack rat


       why men and women should be treated differently


       against gun control


       why the kicker is the most important player on a football team


       why you should get massages regularly


       why people should have pets


       why you need to visit Jamaica


       the dangers of cellular phones


       why friendship is important


       that Elvis is alive


       you should do your own homework and not cheat yourself by copying or reading Cliff's Notes


       parents should need to get licenses to have children


       why Milk is bad/good for you


       a speech to convince you that popularity isn't everything


       why you should support the United Way


       making English the "official" USA language


       why you should finish college while you are young


       decreasing/increasing the speed limit on the Freeway


       why (and how) the school dress code should be changed


       trucks are better than cars


       why the only way to win at casinos is to stay far away from them


       why you should help clean up your county roads


       should you be reluctant to take Prozac even if your doctor recommends it?


       why guns should be illegal in a household


       why to like school


       how the maximum sentencing for drug offenders should be modified


       how to become a millionaire


       should pregnant mothers be charged with child abuse if they take illegal drugs during their pregnancy?


       why you should drink Orange Juice


       high school should be fewer/more years
 


       involvement in extracurricular activities is a positive influence on a high school student's education


       blondes are not so dumb


       why people (or teenagers) shouldn't join gangs


       why you shouldn't drink


       racism


       why you should sponsor a child


       are pro athletes being paid too much?


       buying American cars


       should you go to the school dance?


       raising cigarette prices to lower teen smoking


       how the conflict over the Israel and Syria land should be resolved


       stop watching T.V.


       why Microsoft should just go away


       eating 3 meals a day


       that kids with AIDS should be allowed into public schools


       hazing


       why to buy a membership to a fitness club


       should mentally disabled people be forced to take medication?


       That senior citizens should have to take their driving test again


       is Nintendo/video games good for the brain?


       Should parents be penalized for poor behavior at their children's sporting events? 


       why year round schooling (with longer weekends and more vacations) would be better than August-to-May


       music & arts education should be provided in all public schools


       why you shouldn't be afraid of giving a speech


       lowering the voting age to 16


       witches are real


       single parenthood


       why kids should do volunteer work


       why you should have a website


       why students should have night school


       why we should be proud to pay taxes


       the internet: is it safe? 


       why the answer to "who shot Kennedy?" isn't what you think


       does Bill Gates have enough money?


       why motorcycles are better than horses or vise versa


       how to become a better person


       don't look down on NERDS


       why you should take a swimming course


       why you shouldn't commit suicide


       importance of maintaining your credit rating


       reasons better student parking lots should be PROVIDED