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SPCH 1315 | Amy Dopierala

Speech 4: Persuasive Speech


Speech 4: Persuasive Speech

Your fourth speech will be a speech of persuasion. You will complete your opposing argument persuasive speech by recording a 3–5-minute speech video. You will decide on a topic in which you would like to see a change in behavior or thought. This topic will remain the same for both your fourth and fifth speech, only your position will change.

Example: I want everyone to wear a school uniform. My topic for this speech would be why school uniforms should NOT be mandatory. Don't worry, you will have a chance to refute this argument in your next speech.

It is helpful to acknowledge the other side of the argument when speaking persuasively. This lets you walk a mile in their shoes. Please note: I should not feel as if you are intentionally giving a weak argument. You need to craft this speech as if this argument is your belief. You will need to conduct extensive research on your chosen topic. You will cite 4 credible sources (not Wikipedia), orally, within your speech (not all at the beginning or all at the end). Remember to be intentional and specific with your citations. Do not say, "according to" It must be the article and author, for the who, not just a website. 

The citation should include the following:

  • who said it
  • when they said it
  • what they said
  • why it is relevant

Once again, a 5-member adult audience is required. You must show me the audience in the beginning of your speech (this does not count as part of your time). The audience must remain visible throughout the speech. If the speech is recorded virtually, the audience member cannot be an avatar. I must see a live human throughout the speech. Without a 5-member, adult audience, properly shown, your speech grade will be a zero. The audience is expected to behave in an appropriate manner throughout your speech. (They should not be laying in a bed, driving a car, playing a video game, on their phones, etc...this is how you find out who your true friends are).

A typed, full-sentence outline is required for this speech. Please follow the provided example outlines. This is an outline NOT an essay. All sources need to be formatted in APA and listed below your outline. 

In addition, 1 well thought out visual aid is required for this speech. Make sure that you keep the goal of aiding the audience, rather than the speaker, in mind. 

The remainder of the assignment requirements are located within the grading rubric. Please review to see how the assignment points will be allocated. Reach out to your professor directly if you have any questions about your assignment expectations.

Resources to Gather Background Information

The following resources will provide you some resources for background information. Doing background research will not only help you narrow your focus, but will also help you identify keywords to use when searching the databases for scholarly articles. 

Reference Databases

Boolean Operators 

Using Boolean operators in a database is highly recommended, as this approach usually generates the most useful results.  Databases are not "intuitive" like search engines (e.g., Google) - they must be "told" how to process a search query.  Boolean operators let you "tell" the database what you want to see in your results.  


Use AND to connect KEYWORDS - Retrieves sources with both/all terms [refines search]

Example: diabetes AND adult AND self-management 


Use OR to connect SYNONYMS & LIKE CONCEPTS - Retrieves sources with either/any term(s) [broadens search]

Example: heart attack AND (female OR women) AND symptoms


Use NOT to EXCLUDE word(s) - Eliminates sources with the word(s) following NOT 

Example: Omega-3 fatty acids NOT fish oils 

Identifying Keywords

When you are conducting your background research on your topic, consider the who, what, when, where and why of what you are reading, and highlight or write the main points down. You can use those as keywords in the databases!

Who, what, when, where and why

Research Databases

Use some of the databases listed below to locate scholarly resources on your topic. 

Database Video Tutorials 

Resource Guides