Date Completed: Instructions: Work through the following worksheet steps in sequence. Every time a question is asked (indicated by the letter “Q”), think through your best answer and then handwrite or type your answer in the blank space below the question. You will print out the completed assignment and turn it in the next time we meet, which will be the week of Oct. 29.
Step 1: Personal Q: Which of my personal passions relate to a cause, movement, problem, need, and/or issue anywhere in the world? Q: What have I done (actions) to prove my support, interest, and/or passions in any of the above areas? Q: Which of the above passions do I think the audience might relate to and/or care about the most? Why? Q: Which of the above passions do I think the audience might be willing to support in an active way? Why? What do I think they might be willing to do? What do I think they might not be willing to do?
Q: Am I hesitant about using any of my passions as my persuasive topic? Why? Q: Do I want to continue brainstorming topics with the hope that I will find another idea? Step 2: Research Now, consult 2 or 3 of the brainstorming sources recommended in the Persuasive Speech Guidelines. They are: charity websites, Google, ted. com, and Valencia databases. Please consult these sources even if you think you have already chosen your topic. As you are researching, identify one or more persuasive topics that accomplish all of the following: Interest you and would interest your audience – Represent realistic actions that you could ask my audience to take – Can be explored during the speech time frame with sufficient support from research – Will relate to your audience on the level of emotion (feeling/heart connection) AND on the level of logic (intellect/thought/mind connection) Q: Which topic(s) have you found that meet the above criteria? Q: Which one topic (from Step 1 or Step 2) are you now most interested in for your persuasive speech? Why?
Q: From the initial research you just reviewed or that you were already familiar with, which source(s) look like they will be useful for your speech? Write down the source and a brief description of how you could use the source(s) in your speech. Step 3: Thinking Ahead As you move forward in your persuasive speech preparation, you will be required to accomplish certain priorities in order to have a solid speech that influences your audience. Please read through the priorities that are stated on the checklist below and then read the textbook content related to some of these items.
This will give you a good overview of the persuasive speech process and what a good speech entails. This should also help you determine if the speech topic you’ve selected is a solid persuasive topic. Note: You do NOT need to write anything in this section. Persusasive Speech Checklist Does My Persuasive Speech… choice? -current -complete -trustworthy -appropriate -ethical -mythos (if relevant) -ethos -logos (pgs. 376-379) Step 4: Topic Decision Q: Which speech topic do you want to present on for your persuasive speech? Is this your final decision?