Persuasive Speech Outline
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October 12, 2015
Audience analysis: The audience is college age and older, from all around the country, and predominantly Christian. They tend toward conservative Christian values and beliefs and have a concern with what God requires of His people. Since all are online college students at a Christian university, their common needs will be college related and spiritually related. They will mostly likely provide a friendly reception, especially if they feel their needs can be met by listening.
Topic: The problem I aim to address is that of sleep deprivation in America and how it hinders people from fulfilling God’s purpose of leading healthy lives.
General Goal: To persuade
SpecificGoal: The persuade my audience membersthat sleep deprivation is a serious problem and thatthey should avoid it by managing their time and becoming good stewards of the bodies God has given them.
(Alarm clock) We all know this familiar sound. How do you feel when your alarm clock goes off in the morning? Tempted to press snooze several times before finally getting up? If so, you are not alone.
Getting the right amount of sleep is vitally important. Without it, you are unlikely to reach your full potential and to achieve your goals with excellence.
III. Establish Credibility
As a Christian, college student, (former)working wife, and now pregnant mother, I personally understand the issue of sleep deprivation and how it can have detrimental effects on the body. I also understand how difficult it can be
to have time for everything in the day and how this takes discipline.
Sleep deprivation, as a common problem in America today, can have detrimental effects on society, but God calls his people to counter this problem in our own lives by utilizing good time management and discipline.
I will validate this statement by discussing how sleep deprivation is a common problem, how the problem exists because people fail to deem it as important, and that a solution should be based around a Godly view of our bodies that urges us to be disciplined to manage our time better.
Transition: Let’s take a closer look at this important topic.
Transition: This brings me to my second point.
Transition: This brings me to my third and final point.
III. Main Point 3. The solution to the problem of sleep deprivation is to understand that God values our health and wants us to take care of the bodies He has given us.
Transition: This brings me to my conclusion.
We see that Americans have a sleep deprivation problem. If we fail to get the sleep we need, we seriously risk doing harm to our bodies. This sleep problem exists largely because we refuse to make healthy sleeping habits our norm and to recognize that God expects us to take care of our bodies. The solution to this problem is to understand that getting enough sleep is our spiritual duty and to schedule our lives to be sure we are being faithful to God by practicing good sleep habits.
I encourage you to analyze your own sleep habits and to get more sleep if you need it. Make realistic goals for your day and give yourself enough time to get the sleep you need so that you are better able to glorify God with your body.
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This course requires you to present a persuasive speech to a live, visually documented audience of 3 or more adults. Use a video recording device to create an audible recording ofthis presentation for submission. After recording the presentation, upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video and post the video’s link to the instructor via the designated Blackboard assignment submission link. See the Posting Speech Videos to Blackboard via YouTube tutorial (in the Assignment Instructions folder) for step-by-step instruction about this process.
Your speech grade will be determined by the degree to which you satisfy the requirements listed below.
This assignment requires you to research a global, national, regional, state or local problem that apparently exists because humans in general or a specific group of humansare neglecting their duty to promote the things God values in this world.
Among the social issues that could generate a qualified speech topic are the following:
|abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia||discrimination (racism, sexism, ageism)|
|abuse (child, elder, self, spousal)||ecology (climate change, pollution, littering)|
|addictions/codependency/eating disorders||education (underachievement or illiteracy)|
|air, land, or water pollution||famine, drought or diseases|
|animal abuse or vivisection||labor issues (child labor or sweatshops)|
|bioethics (cloning, eugenics, stem cell research)||marriage (divorce, cohabitation)|
|birth or population control||poverty (world hunger or homelessness)|
|crime (street, juvenile, gang, or white collar)||sex (pre-marital, extramarital, homosexual)|
|criminal justice (prison crowding, recidivism)||slavery or human trafficking|
The following sites may be helpful for discovering or exploring these and other qualified topics:
|Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity||The Heritage Foundation|
|Family Research Council||The Rutherford Institute|
|The American Enterprise Institute||The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life|
|The Discovery Institute|
Speech Goals: Because this is a persuasive speech—a speech in which you try to persuade the audience to believe or value something or to act in a specific way—and because you are to use this particular speech to advocate a redemptive (i.e., God-honoring) solution to a social problem, your goal in this presentation is to use information from appropriately credited expert sources in 2 ways:
(1) To identify the social problem and to establish, with information from credible sources, that it exists somewhere in the world, and
(2) To prescribe a redemptive remedy for the problem—a remedy that, if implemented by someone or a group of people, would promote something that God, according to Scripture, values and that, if implemented, could help somebody experience life as God, according to His Word, meant it to be experienced.
Examples: In such a speech, you might use information from documented expert sources to establish that abortions claimed 630 lives in your homecounty last year.You would then use Scripture to argue that God values human life, including preborn human life.Finally, you could argue that the county must take 3 specific steps, described by you, to eliminate or diminish the frequency of abortion in the county. Alternatively, you might also use information from documented expert sources to establish that the federal government authorizes the use of a certain chemical in the treatment of drinking water and that credible research from sources A, B, and C indicates this chemical actually causes cancer. You could use Scripture to establish that God wants humans to protect the bodies he created.You would then argue that the federal government must take steps to protect people by banning the chemical from use in the treatment of drinking water.
As you promote something God values (e.g., life, quality of life, creation care, etc.) through this speech, be sure you do not condone or promote something God’s Word discourages or prohibits (e.g., fornication, adultery, homosexuality). After all, a solution is redemptive only if it promotes something that God values according to Scripture.If you are uncertain whether your proposed solution to a social problem satisfies this standard,discuss this in advance of the project’s deadline with yourinstructor.
Other Topic Selection Criteria: Your topic must satisfy not only the preceding criteria, but also the topic selection criteria set forth in the course reading materials and the Liberty University Online Honor Code. In addition, yourtopic must comply with the following:
Please note the following:
Process Overview:To do this, you should do the following:
(1) Form a preliminary thesis—a single-sentence statement that succinctly proposes a specific solution to the asserted social problem.Because this functions as your working thesis, you should assume for now that this will be the main point of the speech.
(2) Research credible sources for thesis-related information about your topic.
(3) Finalize your thesis, modifying it if necessary to match what your research disclosed.
(4) Express this finalized thesis as a complete thought in a single-sentence thesis statement.
(5) Choose the information from your research that most powerfully delivers the type of information that this thesis statement requires.
(6) Present this information in a logically sequenced outline of properly documented main points, sub-points, and perhaps even sub-sub-points, using the Persuasive Speech Outline Template document as your formatting guide.
(7) Your outline in its final form will serve as the blueprint that you mentally must follow while extemporaneously delivering the speech to your audience.
Source-Related Requirements: For your persuasive speech, you are required touse 4expert sources. You must use and clearlycite examples, illustrations, statistics, quotations from experts, etc. from at least 4 expert sources in this project. An expert source is a person, group of persons, or organization with documentable expertise in the area it addresses. Information from such sources typically derives from personal interviews with credentialed experts or from documentable print and/or electronic publications.
After you have finished your topic-related research and found what you believe to be enough credible information to support your original thesis statement or a modified version of the thesis, begin the process of organizing it in the form of a speech outline.
Be sure to satisfy the following guidelines:
Create a Draft Outline and then a Final Outline: The speech outline process involves 2 submissions. If you post theoptional draft outline, your instructor will provide constructive feedback to it that can help you create a stronger final outline. Submit each outline via its designated Blackboard submission link during the module/week when it is due.
Use Problem-Solutionor Problem-Cause-Solution Pattern to Order Your Content:For the persuasive speech outline and speech, you must use the Problem-Solution or the Problem-Cause-Solutionorganizational pattern for addressing your topic. See your course materials for more about this pattern.
Include All Essential Outline Sections:These include the following:
Document Your Sources Properly:Do so both in the outline itself and on an end-of-document source citation page.
Remember to Submit the Persuasive Speech Outline before its Deadline!Its deadline is by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6.
Guidelines for Practicing Your Speech:Please not the following guidelines for this step in the speech preparation and presentation process:
Speech Recording and Submission Process: Recordthe version of your speech presentation that you wish to submit for grading and post it to Blackboard via YouTube. Please note the following regarding this:
What You Need for This Step: Before you begin, be sure you have the following essentials:
What to Remember as You Record Your Speech:
(1) Upload the Speech Recording to YouTube as an Unlisted Video:For step-by-step instructions about this, see the Posting Speech Videos to Blackboard via YouTube document in the Course Menu’s “YouTube Tutorials” area.
(2) Confirm that Your Upload Succeeded. Watch the entire video to confirm that the upload was successful and that its content is both visible and audible.
(3) Confirm that You Have Given the Video “Unlisted” Status. If you have given it “Private” status instead, your instructor will be unable to watch and to grade it.
(4) Post the Video’s YouTube URL (http://www . . .) via the Speech Submission Link. Do so not later than its deadline.
(5) Remember the Deadline! The Persuasive Speech Link submission is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.
If you have questions about these guidelines, direct them to your instructor as soon as possible.
*The views and opinions expressed in the videos are those of the speakers or authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions held by Liberty University.