Lower Higher Education Tuition Fees for High Performing Students I have attached my Persuasive Speech topics. Please pick one of the topics that best interests you and follow the outline the rubric attached below. Also, after the outline please turn the outline into a speech. Assignment directions are also provided below.
Persuasive Speech Topic:
1. It is right to deny gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children: Although gay couples’ legal right to marry has been settled, their right to adopt has not been. While there are no barriers to gay adoption in several states, other jurisdictions put up various legal obstacles. The arguments against same sex couple adoptions fall into two categories: such adoptions are wrong as a matter of principle and they are wrong because they aren’t good for children. The principle opposition to gay adoption is that children are entitled to their biological parents who are of the opposite sex. This argument claims that since children are conceived by a man and a woman, children are therefore entitled to a mother and father. This position rules out both single parent adoptions and adoptions by same sex couples. Opponents of same sex adoption present stories of adults who were raised in adoptive homes who say they were harmed because they had only one sex as their role model. No doubt some of these individuals are rightfully aggrieved, but the question is whether the harm they felt was worse than that experienced by other adoptees. There the evidence is scant. For many, if not most, being adopted creates psychological tensions that are absent in those who were raised by their biological parents. But the major groups concerned with children’s health do no oppose gay adoptions because evidence points decisively that being raised by same sex couples is not detrimental to a child’s well being. Adoptions should be guided by what is best for the child—the empirical consideration of whether the home is loving and stable. These are the necessary and sufficient qualifications.
2. Tuition should be reduced for those students who maintain an A average during the previous year: Students who are doing academically well the previous year should be rewarded for their good sustainment. With lower tuition costs they will try to achieve for higher education so the tuition will get lower. Being a good student in my academic career I would enjoy paying low tuition to be able to continue to get to where I want to be.
3. Examinations must be replaced with other assessment forms: Examinations cause a lot of anxiety to students and assessments would be a better way to relief stress. Also, the word assessments might seem a great word to the students ear rather than examinations because students tend to stress out about it. I always get anxiety when I hear the word examination because I feel like it is a life or death matter and need to do extremely well to pass the class
Write a *full sentence* (not bullet points, not paragraphs) outline for your Persuasive Speech. Be sure it conforms to the outline requirements and format guidelines described in your Success Handbook and in Chapter 13 of your textbook.
Paste your outline into the discussion thread here, (do not simply attach a document file!), then respond to AT LEAST TWO of your fellow classmates’ outlines, by responding to the questions below.
You will not see your classmates’ posts, until after you have posted your own.
Be sure your own outline is complete and formatted properly enough that your fellow students can look at it and offer you helpful feedback on your speech structure.
Once you have their feedback, you can edit your outline and begin rehearsing your speech. PERSUASIVE SPEECH
4-6 minutes in length
1. Select a topic with one of the following purposes:
▪ To influence an audience’s attitudes about an issue;
▪ To influence an audience’s beliefs or understanding about something;
▪ To influence an audience’s behavior – to undertake a certain action(s), or,
▪ To reinforce an audience’s existing attitudes, beliefs, or behavior.
2. Write a persuasive, full sentence outline. You will use this in an assignment for the class,
prior to recording your speech.
3. Speaking outline: Use to deliver speech. Very brief notes on 4” x 6” or 3” x 5” note cards.
This may not be your written out speech, it should merely consist of bullet points and
1. Provide a variety of types of support material, including facts and statistics, testimony, and
examples, to support the claims made in their speech.
2. Demonstrate a strong organizational structure with the development of clear lines of
As you are choosing the topic for your speech, think about your audience. What do you know
about them? What is their cultural background and how might that impact how they perceive
your message? What are their expectations for this speech? What are some of the topics they
would find interesting?
Once you think through those issues and select your topic, begin thinking about what the
audience’s standpoint is. What kind of argument will you need to achieve your goal, are they
all in one mind about your topic, or are opinions diverse?
After determining your topic and accounting for the factors involved in audience analysis, you
need to decide how best to support the ideas and concepts you choose to discuss in your
speech. A good speech uses a variety of types of support material (facts and statistics,
testimony, and examples) that come from a variety of sources (books, magazines, newspapers,
interviews, the Internet, etc.)
Once the speech is outlined, you will need to determine how best to convey your arguments.
Audiences often find complex information easier to understand if the orator both describes it
and shows it through the use of a visual aid. Visual aids may take a variety of forms and should
always enhance the audience’s understanding of the topic. Make sure your visual aid is easily
visible to the entire audience – including the ones watching on video.
Here is a general breakdown of how I will evaluate your persuasive speech:
1. Starts with an attention getter or hook right at the beginning. If in doubt, ask an insightful
question that relates to your topic. That’s also a hook.
2. Relate topic to audience by saying something about how relevant or worthwhile it is for
them to know about this topic. (Why should they care or listen to this?)
3. Tell us what your speech is about (your purpose or thesis). One sentence. Topic is
PERSUASIVE in nature. (Meaning not everyone in the audience already agrees.)
4. Tell us your main points (preview).
5. Tell us why you know something about this topic (credibility). Are you an expert? Have you
researched the topic? Etc.
1. You should have 2-4 main points for the body of the speech that are clearly stated.
2. There is quality evidence and sound reasoning to support each of your main points. (Your
opinion is not enough here. You need to provide data backing up your claims.)
3. You present both sides of the issue. If you forget to address what your critics believe, your
argument will be one-sided – and not persuasive. Make sure you address any possible counterarguments, then demolish them with strong evidence to support your points.
4. Use transitions for clarity. These can be internal summaries or previews. For example, “Now
that I have discussed X, and explained why it is so important, I am going to turn to Y and show
you the benefits…”
1. Give a signal phrase such as “In conclusion…” or “In closing…” or “As I bring this to an end…”
and a clear summary of each main point, followed by a call to action. You want your audience
to do something. “Call your congressman now on this number…” for example, or, “Come with
me in the next 30 minutes to donate blood…”
1. Show us something that *adds value* to your presentation. You could use an object or a
poster board that adds to the content of your speech. Just make sure we can see it clearly on
1. Hand gestures and body movements are visible, appropriate, natural and confident.
1. Framing, camera position, lighting and audio are excellent.
1. You have 3+ visible audience members present during the speech.
2. They are facing you and paying attention
3. We can assess your level of connection to them and your eye contact
1. Vary the rate. Don’t speak too fast or slow. Use pauses effectively.
2. Uses vocal variety (not speaking in a monotone)
3. Articulate clearly (don’t mumble) and make sure you pronounce each word.
4. Control habit words: “like,” um, “kinda,” “you know.”
1. Speech is 4-6 minutes in length.
1. Gives written feedback on two speeches
Watch two of your classmates’ videos and reply substantively to the following:
• What is one thing this student did well in this speech?
• What is one thing this student might want to consider doing differently in
3 Rules for Commenting:
• Start each comment with a greeting that includes your classmate’s name. (For example:
“Hi Dave!”) That way I will know who you are addressing when I view your comments
out of context in the gradebook.
• Your first comment must be on a speech that does not yet have any feedback.
• Each comment must provide a minimum of THREE substantive sentences that add
value and are helpful to the student speaker.
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