Persuasive Speech Research Paper
You will analyze a persuasive speech and write your findings in a
research paper which will include information about the speaker, audience, goal
of the speech, appeals used, and historical period in which the speech was
given. A works cited page must be
included using the proper MLA format as well as parenthetical documentation within each paragraph (see examples on
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by including background information about the speaker that directly correlates
with the speech (brief). Also include the name of the speech, date given, the
goal the speaker wanted to achieve (the
goal is part of your thesis statement) and the reason why. What action or
non-action did the speaker want the audience to take? Include parenthetical documentation.
- Speakers Name (Last, First)
Historically, what was happening
for this speech to occur in the first place? Discuss the audience and the
purpose of the speech. Include the values, attitudes, beliefs of the audience
and/or the speaker and any events of the day which had a direct impact or correlation
with the subject matter of the speech. Include parenthetical documentation.
- Historical Event
- Time Period
- Speech Title
* For the final three paragraphs, use the original speech and the background research you have collected. You can view most of the original speeches here: www.americanrhetoric.com Don't forget to cite your sources. MLA citations are at the bottom of each database article. *
Identify one major appeal in the speech and seamlessly incorporate this
quote into your paper. Be sure to explain if the quote is an example of a logical, ethical, or emotional appeal.
Link the quote to your thesis statement (the goal of the speech). Include
Identify a second major appeal that is used and do the same as in paragraph
#3 above. Include parenthetical documentation.
How does the speaker conclude his
speech? What strong argument is used? Include this quote from the speech in
your conclusion. Finally, was this speech ultimately effective? Explain the
historical significance of the speech and its impact on our history and/or
lasting legacy. Your conclusion should be thought-provoking and tie into your
thesis statement. Include parenthetical documentation.