The purpose of Listening Threads is to give students the opportunity to critically/constructively analyze speeches they hear and/or see.  It is important to understand that opinions of what a “good speech” is can be subjective.  However, most communication experts and educators claim that a “good” speech needs to contain responsible and relevant substance, easy-to-follow structure, inviting presentation, and connection to the audience.
November 30, 2017
Presidential Candidate Minispeech – Choose an individual who you think should be the next president of the United States.  This individual SHOULD NOT include a person who could/would run for the position or be in politics.  A viable individual could be a family member, celebrity…even a cartoon or fictional character!
November 30, 2017

Module 6: Persuasive Planning

The Persuasive Planning assignment is designed to aid the student in specific areas of their upcoming speech.  It is important to think about the following:
1) What is your topic?  What is your personal connection (education or experience) to your topic?
2) What type of audience will I be speaking to? Reluctant, uncommitted, or unsure of action? This information was discussed in Module 5.  Explain your answer.
3) Will I manage to “move” my audience fully (logos, pathos, ethos, mythos)? How – provide an explanation for each appeal?
4) What terms will I need to define (whether they be technical, clarification, or controversial) in order for there to be no misunderstanding?
5) What motives will I be using to encourage change in my audience (see page 94)?
6) What real life examples will I be using to add tangible support to my speech?
7) What persuasive speech design would be best for my presentation (this information was discussed in Module 5)?
8) What types of defective persuasion might I have a tendency to fall in to? Be specific with TWO possible problems. (p. 356)
9) What areas of the MI Inventory (review the “Helping Your Audience Learn” lecture in Module 6) will I highlight in my speech?
By keeping all of these considerations in mind, the speaker can create a stronger speech!  Knowing the answers to these questions will help the speaker focus on what will really move an audience to understanding and change.
Therefore, for this assignment, students are asked to answer the NINE questions above with their persuasive speeches in mind.  Even though you may have not finished all of your research, you should have done enough to answer these questions.


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