Persuasive Speech for dickson only

Choose one of the following topics.  Research the subject, and choose a “side” of the argument.  Then, write a persuasive speech that convinces the listener to agree with you.   Record yourself giving the speech.  Your speech much be at least 2 minutes long, but not longer than 3 minutes.  You will be graded on your literary and persuasive elements, as well as the degree to which you explain & know your topic.    


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  1. Are beauty contests harmful?
  2. Is physical force a justifiable method of punishing children?
  3. Can terrorism ever be justified?
  4. Is it morally acceptable to experiment on non-human animals to develop products and medicines that benefit human beings?
  5. What acts should be considered hate crimes?
  6. Should assisted suicide be legalized?
  7. Should we legalize the sale of human organs?
  8. Does affirmative action have a place in modern America?
  9. Should nations enforce population control?
  10. Should alternative forms of assessment (something other than SAT, ACT, GPA) be considered for college admission?

Persuasive Tips:

  • Define/explain your topic.
  • Acknowledge the opposing viewpoints.
  • Provide your persuasive points in logical order. 

Presentation Requirements:

  • Dress professionally.
  • You may use notes to guide your speech.
  • Do not read obviously off your notes; use them as a guide only.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Avoid distracting behavior. (e.g. fidgeting, chewing gum, flipping hair).
  • Speak loudly & clearly.
  • Maintain a normal pace (no too fast or slow).

Written Portion:

  • Turn in a typed description of your topic including your persuasive elements and your literary devices. 
  • Be sure to include a Works Cited page.
  • You MUST use at least 3 literary devices & 3 persuasive elements in your speech


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