Assignment 5: Persuasive Speech & Outline
Goals: This assignment is designed to provide the opportunity to put the all of the knowledge
and skills from the course into practice. Specifically, it aims to put into practice skills in
audience analysis, argumentative reasoning, and management of personal ethos, while
attempting to persuade the audience.
Description: As a speaker, you must aim to persuade or to actuate the class to your way of
thinking on a specific topic. Within your speech, you should present a problem, the reasons
that problem exists, and what we can do to fix that problem using documented evidence (not
just your opinion) to convince your audience. To complete the assignment, you are required to
submit a complete full-sentence outline and bibliography in advance, as well as deliver a
successful persuasive speech to the class. The Speech is worth 100 points and the outline 30.
Speech Preparation: You may choose to structure your speech in one of two organizational
designs: the motivated sequence design or the problem/cause/solution design. Be prepared to
deliver the speech extemporaneously. You will be penalized 10 points for excessive reliance on
The speech presented in class must include the following:
An appropriate introduction -- meeting the six criteria
Evidence of audience analysis throughout the speech
At least three main ideas with two sub-points for each
Use of at least two different types of supporting material
Citation of at least six sources. Your sources must be cited aloud during your speech.
An action step in your last main point (solutions). You may wish to solve your problem
through legislation or by changing an existing system. In addition, you must provide the
audience with the potential to act based on your speech. The action step is literally something
that your audience could do once they leave the classroom were they motivated to action by
Evidence of persuasive organizational development
An appropriate conclusion
An attempt to enhance ethos through your appearance
Outline Preparation: You must turn in a complete, typed, full-sentence outline – including a
bibliography – to your instructor before you deliver the speech. If you do not bring your outline
to your instructor prior to your presentation, you may be denied the opportunity to speak. If
the outline is not in full-sentence format, you will be penalized with a deduction of 15 points
from your final grade. The total point value of the outline is 30 points.
Grade Value 22% of total graded work
130 points (100 speech/30 outline)
Visual Aid Optional
Outline/Bibliography Required; 15 point penalty if not ready when due
Learning Outcomes: Assessment of this assignment will focus primarily on measuring the
Demonstration of the student’s ability to recognize and adapt to diverse audiences
Demonstration of the student’s ability to research, analyze, and reason from evidence to
create logically sound arguments and conclusions
Demonstration of the student’s ability to create and to perform an original speech to
Critique Sheet for the Persuasive Speech
Speaker: _________________________ Topic: _____________________________ Grade: _____
Time penalty: _____
Final grade: _____
INTRODUCTION (25 pts.) : _____
Gained attention and interest
Introduced topic clearly
Motivated the audience to listen
Previewed remainder of speech
COMMENTS & SUGGESTIONS
DISCUSSION (35 pts.): _____
0 1 2 3 4 5 Main points well organized/developed
0 1 2 3 4 5 Clearly focused topic
0 1 2 3 4 5 Adequate Solution Steps
0 1 2 3 4 5 Language: vivid, clear, creative
0 1 2 3 4 5 Identified with audience throughout
0 1 2 3 4 5 Transitions: quality, points well identified
0 1 2 3 4 5 Speech is Persuasive: Weakening/Strengthening
Commitment, Conversion, Induces a Specific Action
SUPPORTING MATERIALS (10 pts.): _____
0 1 2 3 4 5 Quality: credible sources
Quantity: enough supporting material
CONCLUSION (10 pts): _____
0 1 2 3 4 5 Summary clear
Sense of closure
DELIVERY (20 pts.): _____
0 1 2 3 4 5 Level of animation/confidence/dynamism
0 1 2 3 4 5 Gestures: effective, appropriate?
0 1 2 3 4 5 Voice clarity, vocal emphasis
0 1 2 3 4 5 Extemporaneous style and use of notes
General Purpose: To persuade
Specific Puqlose: By the end of my speech the audience will be able to empathize with reasons
as to why the drinking age should be 18.
Central Idea: The legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered to 18 for many
reasons including the fact that you are considered a legal adult at the age of 18, the fact that a
lowered drinking age would drastically reduce the amount of unsafe drinking scenario's, and the
fact that the legal system would rather take $2000 and min a teenager's life as opposed to
actually fixing the issue.
Organizational Method: Categorical
What Do You Plan To Accomplish In This S1>eech: Promote change in the mindset of the
general population about the drinking age.
Attention-getting Material: When you think about yourself do you consider yourself a
criminal? Well in the eyes of the law nearly every one in this room is an absolute degenerate.
Credibility Material: I am a credible source on this subject matter because in high school I , as
arrested on charges of underage drinking, so I have seen first-hand how poorly our country's
legal system deals with matters of this nature.
Relevance Material: This infonnation is relevant to you guys because we are in college and I
would bet a large amount of money that every single one of your dumbasses partakes in
underage drinking on a weekly basis.
Thesis Statement (aka Main Point): The legal drinking age in the United States should be
lowered to 18 for many reasons including the fact that you are considered a legal adult at the age
of 18, the fact that a lo,, ered drinking age would drastically reduce the amount of unsafe
drinking scenario's and the fact that the legal system would rather take $2000 and ruin a
teenager's life as opposed to actually fixing the issue.
(Transition into body of speech): I'm sure everyone in this room has that memory of turning
18 and walking into a gas station to buy a lottery ticket or a pack of cigarettes regardless of if
you even smoke.
I. First Preview Point: In the United States, a citizen legally becomes an adult at the age of 18,
yet the legal drinking age is 21.
A. (SubJloint): At the age of 18 I am allowed to vote a president into office, get drafted into
·war, and go die for my country, yet I am not allowed to have a beer?
B. (Sub1>oint): The United States is only one of seven countries worldwide to have the
drinking age set to 21.
(Transition into preview point 2): One of the big problems with the current drinking age is that
teenagers get hammered and go do a bunch of stupid stuff.
II. Preview Point #2: If the legal drinking age was lowered to 18, teenagers would be far less
likely to put themselves in dangerous/unsafe drinking scenario's in an effort to not get caught by
either parents or law enforcement.
A. (Sub1>oint): At this age, many teenagers are likely to consume alcohol in an unsupervised
scenario where it is much more likely to binge drink or to prutake in dangerous activities
once they are inebriated.
B. (Subpoint): The fact that it is common in our culture to break the underage drinking law
also normalizes committing crime to many teenagers and can act as a gateway.
(Transition into preview point 3): It is also a big problem in our country that so many
teenagers are arrested for underage drinking.
III. Preview Point #3: Our country's legal system is incredibly broken and has its goals set on
earning some quick revenue off of some easy underage targets as opposed to actually attempting
to solve the problem.
A. (SubJ>oint): In order to not spend time in prison and possibly have their lives ruined,
teenagers who receive an MIP are forced to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees.
B. (Sub1>oint): The legal system has built too much of an industry off of underage drinking
charges, and they are not willing to give up the revenue even if changing the law would
have more benefits than consequences.
(Transition into Conclusion with Sign1>ost): I conclusion, we are all simply here to have a
good time, and it is rather unnecessary to make a legal ordeal out of it.
Summarize & Restate Main Idea: Today I discussed reasons as to why the drinking age should
be changed back to 18 including reasons such as 18 being the age of an adult in this country , the
decrease in dangerous scenarios regarding underage drinking, and the broken nature of our legal
system regarding underage drinking.
Last words ... Leave us something to remember: On that note lets go crack a cold one.
References (6 required): (APA or MLA Style)
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10 Oct. 2013, www.businessinsider.com/most-commonly-broken-laws-in-america-201310
"Drinking Age ProCon.org." 'hould the Drinking Age Be Loweredfrom 21 to a Younger Age?,
Hanson, David J ·'Minimum Legal Drinking Ages around the World." Alcohol Problems &
Solutions, 30 June 2014, www.alcoholproblemsandsolutions.org/LegalDrinkingAge.html.
Engs, Dr. Ruth C. Indiana University, The Lilly Library, Indiana University ,
Aguine, Alexis. ·'National Drinking Age Should Be Lowered to 18." National Drinking Age
Should Be Lowered to 18 I The University Star, archive.star.txstate.edu/node/1704.html.
Vopni, Rachel. ·'Why the Legal Drinking Age Should Be 18."' The Odyssey Online, Odyssey, 27
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Audience Analysis: Persuasion
This audience analysis was taken by 20 students (use that as one of your six
credibility in your speech)
1: How many of you all drink more than 4 cups of water a day?
2: How many of you all drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day?
3: How many of you have used water in a diet by substitute other drinks with
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