Persuasive Speech: John Smalls

Persuasive Speech: John Smalls

SPEECH 1311 PERSUASIVE ASSIGNMENT Behavioral Objective: Each student will deliver a 4 to 6 minute speech with the purpose to inform and PERSUADE their audience. Topic Selection: Each student will choose their own topic. The topic must be a SOCIAL TWO SIDED ISSUE. The student will select ONE SIDE of the issue to support and convince their audience to TAKE ACTION. See page three for possible topics. Assignments: ONE PAGE SUMMARY. Each student will submit a one page summary that includes the following: 1. their topic choice. 2. The side they will support. . A paragraph of WHY they support that side of the issue and how they are going to convince the audience to make a change. Also included in the one page summation will be TWO RESEARCH articles from recent publications that support the speaker’s point of review. OUTLINE: Each student is required to submit a one page outline that will follow the format of the assignment. See example below. MANUSCRIPT: Each student is required to submit a complete word for word manuscript of their final speech on the day of the delivery of their speech.

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The manuscript must follow the format of the assignment. See the model in the assignment. WORKS CITED PAGE: Each student must have a “WORKS CITED” page that is submitted with their manuscript on the day of their speech. MONROE’S MOTIVATED SEQUENCE: The format of the speech will follow the format listed below: I. A. Attention Grabber: Using DOCUMENTED RESEARCH the student will tell the audience a “REAL LIFE EXAMPLE” of a person or a group of people that were adversely affected by the problem they are going to discuss. B. Identify the topic and the side you will support.

C. Review the Main Points: 1. Significance of the problem 2. Plan to solve the problem 3. Advantages 4. Call to Action II. Body of the Speech A. Significance of the problem: Here the speaker will identify the scope of the problem showing with DOCUMENTED RESEARCH how widespread the problem is. B. Plan to solve the problem: Here the speaker will tell the audience how the CURRENT SYSTEM will be changed to bring about a change in the way we handle the problem. C. Advantages: Here the speaker will tell the audience how we will benefit from the changes. III.

Conclusion A. Summary B. CALL TO ACTION: Here the speaker will tell the audience HOW to change the current system and give them WAYS to do so. DELIVERY: Eye Contact Physical Response: Including stance and gesture Familiarity: Ability to follow the assignment structure and outline Willingness to Communicate: Ability to convince the audience of a sincere intent. Enthusiasm and energy! Poise: Taking control over nervousness and mistakes. TIME: This is a 5 to 7 minute speech. One point will be deducted for every six seconds over or under the time limits.

Professional Dress: FIVE extra credit points will be added to the final grade for professional dress on the day of the speech. POSSIBLE TOPICS Gun Control Abortion Legalization of Marijuana Stem Cell Research Health Care Reform Child Abuse War in Iraq War in Afghanistan Capital Punishment Current Bailout of Banks and Industries Homeland Security Animal Activist Issues Environmental Issues –global warming –alternative energy development North Korea Free Trade Agreements Outsourcing Jobs Military Spending Rise in College Tuition English Only Laws Minority Quotas in College Acceptance

Raising the Age Limit for a Driver’s License Lowering the Drinking Age Steroid Use for Professional Athletes School Funding (raising taxes) Taking Vending Machines out of Schools (child obesity) Getting Rid of Bad Teachers Gulf Oil Spill Cell Phones and Texting while driving MANUSCRIPT Attention Grabber: John Smalls was an average citizen living in Omaha, Nebraska last year when suddenly he was struck down by a heart attack. During his stay in the hospital Mr. Smalls was given a stent implant and send home to recover. Two days after his release Mr. Smalls was admitted back to the hospital with a fever of 105 degrees.

That night Mr. Smalls died from complications of a virus he contracted during his stay in the hospital. Topic: Today I’m going to tell you how you and I are more at risk of being hospitalized because of the growing number of people who contract illness unrelated to the original reason they were hospitalized in the first place. Preview: First I will tell you of the scope of the problem. Secondly I will give you a plan that will solve the problem. Third I will tell you the advantages of the plan and finally I will tell you how you can take action against you or a loved one being the next victim.

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM: According to Time Magazine June 5th 2007, over 300,000 Americans contracted an illness while being hospitalized that was unrelated to their original illness. 200, 000 of these individuals had to be re-admitted to the hospital for their illnesses and stayed an average of three weeks. 57,373 of those died of their illnesses. According to the New Yorker April 17, 2008, the insurance companies had to pay out over 4 billion dollars in insurance claims for people who contracted illness while being hospitalized. What is causing most of these problems?

According to the AMA journal of June 20th 2009 germs, viruses, and diseases are spread throughout hospitals because of unsanitary conditions in the hospitals in workers, nurses and even doctors who do not follow proper procedures. PLAN: The American Medical Association gives us a plan to greatly reduce illness that are spread in the hospitals: 1. All workers must wear sanitary scrubs that are provided each morning and left at the hospital at the end of the day. If a physician, nurse, or worker leaves the hospital they must change into a new scrub on return.

Strict procedures must be maintained when using needles, bandages, and medical tools. All must be sanitized with steam that reaches 400 degrees F. Finally hand washing for ALL personal staff is required after eating, using the restroom, and in between working with patients. ADVANTAGES: According to the AMA in their JAMMA publication Spring 2009 following procedures like the ones I mentioned will result in a 70% reduction of illness and save over 45,000 lives each year. CALL TO ACTION: Summary: Today I have informed you of a problem that faces us all if we are hospitalized.

First I showed you the significance of the problem; secondly a plan that will solve the problem; third advantages of the plan and now I’m going to tell you what you can do. First, we need to change laws and develop penalties for hospitals that have a high rate of patients who contract illness when in their care. Hospitals who have more than a 15% rate of return patients will lose their state and federal funding. These laws can only be changed if we contact our elected officials. I am going to provide you with a list of your congressmen and women who vote for federal and state allowances to our public hospitals.

Secondly, we need to change the freedom of information act to allow the public to see the statistics of hospitals so that we know which ones are safer than others. If we can choose our hospital care we can choose the hospital that is managed effectively and has a lower rate of patients who are infected while in their care. Conclusion: John Smalls was just one example of over 50,000 Americans who died while receiving hospital care. His death and others were preventable. It is up to us to take action and insure that a hospital is a place that we leave feeling better.


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