Week 6 Assignment: Persuasive Speech


The purpose of this assignment is to have you employ the methodology for making a compelling argument, demonstrating why your point is relevant, and why your position on the topic is more feasible than the opposing point of view.


Explore a challenging issue or topic by identifying it and taking a stand on one side of the matter in question. Your goal is to persuade the audience to side with you. You will want to utilize effective rhetoric in your effort to persuade and incorporate the concepts of ethos, pathos, and logos. You may select a topic that is social, political, professional, medical, educational, controversial and even mythical. Whatever the case, make it a topic of interest and be as creative as you want within the confines of the assignment; however, you must research valid sources of information to support your position. In addition, you are required to submit your speech topic in advance both for approval (for assurance that it is, in fact, a topic for persuasion), and to avoid duplicate presentations.

Craft a five to seven-minute speech using PowerPoint or a similar application in which you will: (1) Brief the audience on the issue you select; (2) Inform the audience as to both sides of the issue; and (3) then explain your position, persuading as to why your side is more appealing. You will want to organize interesting information around key points, while including supporting details. Please incorporate researched information to support your position (not Berko et al.), and include a reference page in the slideshow. Do not include superfluous information that is nonessential to the speech and to your audience. Remember, you will be honing your speech down to approximately five minutes, which is a challenge in itself. The criteria are below.

NOTE: You are demonstrating your learning here, so be sure in your speech to utilize components of persuasive strategies, including ethos, pathos, and logos, and incorporate them in your delivery, as seen in the textbook on The Persuasive Speech.

Overall, each of the following must apply to your speech and will comprise the basis for your grade:

  • Your information clearly and effectively supports a central purpose (thesis) and displays a thoughtful analysis of the topic.
  • The ideas are arranged logically to support the purpose. They should be coherent so that the listener can follow the line of reasoning.
  • The historical, social, medical, mythical, educational, political, or some other context of the presentation is clearly presented.
  • The speaker’s purpose is evident to the audience and delivery is clear; your argument is persuasive.  Ethos, pathos, and logos are incorporated.
  • Your listener should gain insights, slides are designed as a visual aid and to maintain audience interest, and a reference page is included.

You will be graded according to the rubric in Canvas, so please be sure to meet its criteria. If your speech is all informative and not persuasive in any way, points will be deducted from the total grade. Your slides should be easy-to-read, concise and based on the rules listed in the textbook on slide presentations.


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