Creating your own Argument
To show you have mastered the art of arguing, you will write and present a speech persuading the class to agree with you on a highly debatable topic. In other words, you may not select topics that are limited to school such as the dress code or IDs. Think beyond our walls and into the lives of millions of Americans. What issues clearly divide our nation? What do you believe? Why should your classmates agree with you?
If you can't think of a topic, read the headlines regarding some of the conversations surrounding certain traditions on the right side of this page. Read through the headlines and if you aren't familiar with the information, please open the link. Consider a cultural icon or tradition that has at some point been questioned (or that you believe should be or will be questioned in the future) and either defend the icon/tradition as still culturally relevant or argue that it is no longer culturally relevant and should no longer be considered as part of the norm.
No matter what topic you select, you will need to have it approved by me prior to writing your speech.
1. Have your topic approved.
2. Create a SOAPsTone/SMELL outline concerning your topic and upload it to Google Classroom.
3. Write your speech. This should be about 3-5 minutes in length and a good starting place is to write around 800 words.
4. Print your speech with your unique student identifier to turn in. (I'll provide your student identifier.)
5. Present your speech
Your printed copy of your speech will be provided to another student for rhetorical analysis. After the analysis, you will have one more chance to correct errors before submitting your speech to Turn It In and Google CR for grading.
*REFER TO YOUR COURSE CALENDAR FOR ALL DUE DATES
"The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns"
"'Baby, It's Cold Outside,' Seen As Sexist, Frozen Out By Radio Stations"
"Fraternities, sororities sue Harvard over single-sex rule"
"Megyn Kelly apologizes for blackface comments on 'Today,' gets ripped by Don Lemon"
"What Message Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Sending Our Kids?"
"Is Removing Confederate Statues Like Erasing History?"