Mock Public Address Speech Write
Mock Speech Write
You will be writing a 3
-5 minute persuasive public address
speech focusing on a current issue in society. You will not be giving the speech; you will
just be writing what you would say
. You will be writing the speech in essay format (APA
point font, Times New Roman).
Your speech should be about 3
-5 pages in
You will be graded on the rhetorical strategies, the reasoning/argument of your
persuasive claim, as well as the writing, g
rammar and punctuation.
Select an issue that you have encountered in our school, community, state, or
nation. Write this issue at the top of your paper.
Below the issue,
down thoughts and feelings you have about it. Determine
your position on it.
Write your position statement. A position statement is like a thesis statement. It
identifies the issue and your position on it in one sentence. For example: As
Americans, we must take action against (or for) the issue of_______ because of
________________, __________________, and _________________.
Identify your audience. Although you will be presenting to our class, you should
think about what group of people is your real
-world audience. Answer the
following questions, and then identify the group of people that is your real
audience. After answering these questions, write down your real
a. Who is affected by this issue?
b. Who might be in a position to influence the results of this problem?
c. What might this audience already kn
ow about the issue?
d. What views or opinions might this audience already have?
e. What misconceptions might they have?
f. What details or words might appeal to this audience’s emotions?
Your purpose is to persuade the audience; however, you need to consider what
you want the audience to do as a result of listening to your speech. Answer the
following questions, and then identify the secondary purpose of your speech.
a. How do you want your audience to feel about the issue afterwards?
b. What action do you want them to take?
Planning for Your Speech…What are you
going to say?
Your speech must have at least one of each of the following persuasive
Facts, statistics, and well-
— Argument based on widely accepted beliefs and values
Uses anecdotes (stories) and loaded words (words
with strong connotations) to bring about strong emotions in the audience
Simple Formula for Writing Persuasive Speeches
“Tells your audience what you are going to tell them”
and establishes the foundation for your speech.
A good Introductio
map’ for the journey. For a Persuasive Speech an Introduction consists of
-Getter: A statement that ga
ins the attention of the audience and
makes them believe that this issue is relevant to them. Please, do NOT use
a rhetorical question here. Instead, think of your intro like a funnel. Your
thesis (in this case, your position statement) is the narrow part and you
slowly broaden out from that to a broad statement that applies to many, in
not all, people.
Bond > Link-
to Audience: Identify a personal connection in the audiences’
life, i.e. their use of the ‘device’ or system, or their emotional experience
(grief and sorrow, happiness).
“Credentials” of Speaker (Credibility): Demonstrate how you are an
‘expert’ through your own use, experience or study.
Destination / Position Statement: State clearly why you are speaking at
this moment. State your Goal, Thes
is or what you expect as an Outcome.
State your Destination. An example may be … “This evening/today I am
here to convince you that…. is the most effective way to do business
Explain my Map to my destination > Preview of Speech: Briefly outli
what you will cover in your persuasive speech. This is where you
“Tell what you are going to tell them”.
Transition: A transition is how you move from one section or point to the
next. It is a linking idea. You could say…
“Let’s begin by…
with…” or I prefer “Let’s
B. BODY of your Speech
The Body of your speech is where the detail is found
and is best contained in THREE points (you can have more, but don’t confuse
your audience). For a Persuasive Speech, this is where you will …
Main Point #1: State Point 1, State Reason, Give Example, Restate point
Main Point #2: State Point 2, State Reason, Give Example, Restate point
Transition: Create a linking statement to Point