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COMM 301 (Jeppeson)

COMM 301 (Jeppeson)

This guide will teach you how to find information resources for both Informative and Persuasive speeches



Guidelines For Informative Speech (Ethnic)

General Purpose: To inform; to impart knowledge and understanding

Topic: Within the following limit, the topic is your choice. Your topic must be in some way related to your ethnic heritage. If you have a diversity of ethnic backgrounds, you may choose whichever one you please. For example, you may want to give a speech about a particular holiday, tradition, type of dress, marriage practice, or any other issue salient to your heritage.

If you do not have any clear connect to your heritage, you may give a speech on a topic that relates to your family or to someone else’s heritage. For example, you may have come from a family where diabetes is a significant problem. Or perhaps, you come from a long line of endurance athletes. Whatever topic you choose, you must be able to do academic research on the topic to support your speech. Make your speech interesting to yourself and your audience. Have fun with this assignment; help us know something about you that is important to you.

References: At least three (3) sources are required; a minimum of two of the sources should be scholarly sources. One of your sources may be a personal interview with a relative or friend. Include complete bibliographic information at the end of your outline, in the appropriate format (MLA Style from the Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook for Writers of Research Papers).

Speech #5 Persuasive (Policy) Speech Assignment:

You will present an 8 to 9 minute speech designed to persuade the audience for or against a question of policy. You should seek some kind of action from your audience. You may speak on any general issue in which you are informed and interested, and which is appropriate for, relevant to, and interesting to this audience (your classmates). Be sure to ask for some type of action.

Sources of information: At least 4 sources are required and must be referred to in your speech. Include complete bibliographic information on your outline for all sources used (at least 4).