Ever feel your inner guts begin to boil for a moral reason? I call this a “righteous rage.” I feel this rage when I see people wasting natural resources (turn off those lights!), or when I hear stories of injustice (we need more foster parent to care for foster kids!). Sometimes I think, ‘if only people knew this was a problem and it can be fixed, then the world would be so much better.’
The focus of this speech is to persuade the audience to take some type of action on the topic/ issue. Speeches will follow the 5 Monroe’s Motivated Sequence (Links to an external site.) steps and use effective ethos, pathos, and logos statements. You will need to properly verbally cite 5 sources in the delivery (three of the four: author's name, author's credentials, source, and date).
Skill development: You will be asked to effectively deliver content within the time frame, use purposeful eye contact and not reading off the notecard, have a stable rate/flow delivery, incorporate organizational content (i.e., transitional phrases and previews), open with a ‘wow’ attention getter and matching final appeal, mirror the introduction and conclusion, walk the floor space, interweave a visual aid, and verbally cite your sources.
Speech: The most important section of this speech is the call to action. The call to action should be prescriptive and tangible. Weak call-to-actions are vague. Say your topic is the inequities of Super Pac committees, you probably want to make a specific tangible call-to-action, like improving voter registration or the importance of voting in local elections. Of which, you’d want to explain the process of registering to vote (i.e., what are the qualifications to register? Is there a fee? What is the process? Where can you go if you have more questions?). Perhaps you bring actual forms. Simply saying, ‘go to this website to read more or educate yourself’ is not enough.
Outline: In the outline, one of each evidence type is needed: testimony (expert), language style (alliteration, allusion, hyperbole, metaphor), example (brief, extended, hypothetical), and statistic. Please label each piece of evidence in the outline.
Sources: Your ‘References’ page should have at least 5 scholarly-reviewed sources. At least 3 peer-reviewed journal edited sources, and 2 other sources credible newspapers or magazines. How can you tell if an article is scholarly peer-reviewed? Follow the four steps: does it have an abstract? Is it a minimum of 10 pages? Does it look "not fun" (meaning, it shouldn't have pictures or images)? Does it have References? Simple websites/blogs do not count as any of the required, but should be cited if they are used. It is crucial to verbally cite these sources in your speech as well (To verbally cite a source, use three of the four: author's last name, author's credentials, date of publication and or source).
Time limit: 7:00 minutes
Sources: min. of 5 sources (3 journal articles, at least 2 from edited articles i.e., NY Times)
Outline: references page; first draft; final outline in APA format