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ENG 285.06 (Principles of Speech): Pick a Side & Gather Evidence

This libguide has been specifically created to provide resources for Dr. Johnson's persuasive speech.

What is it You Will Argue For?


In the opening sentence, make your point. This is also known as the topic sentence.

A. Topic Selection --  What is it you will argue for? What makes you angry, sad, empathetic? What are current problems in society I would like to see changed?

B. Claim Selection --  What is the claim you wish to argue/present?

C. Narrowing Your Purpose --  While the general purpose is to persuade, narrow it more specifically in light of what your listeners already know and do, how they feel, and what they value.

Information summarized from Chapter 17 of Clella Jaffe's Public Speaking: Concepts and Skills for a Diverse Society. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomas Wadsworth, 2007. Print.

Pro/Con, Statistics, Charts and Graphs

Independent research organizations and government agencies are good sources for statistics.

American National Election Studies (ANES)

Streaming Videos

Use streaming videos for your visual aid! Find informative and instructional videos in these databases. Clips can be easily added to presentations. Some databases allow you to create your own clips.