32 Do: Persuasive Unit Discussion Questions

Sample Persuasive Unit Discussion Board Questions

 

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MN State Transfer Pathway Learning Outcomes for Public Speaking

Students should be able to:

1.1 Demonstrate appropriate topic selection, audience analysis, organization, and content development in a speaker-audience setting.

1.2a Create persuasive messages.

1.3 Practice effective verbal techniques that are well suited to the occasion and audience.

1.4 Utilize appropriate research strategies to discover and ethically integrate supporting materials from diverse sources and points of view.

1.5 Demonstrate the ability to listen, analyze, and provide feedback on public discourse.

 

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Persuasive Speech Unit Discussion #1:

This week you will post a class survey for your Persuasive Speech and take each other’s surveys.

Start: Look over the sample discussion post. Note this week you will post your Persuasive Speech survey (just as with your Informative Speech).

The discussion posting should not take long unless you do not have a speech topic. If you do not have a topic, please contact your instructor ASAP. Generally, it will take 1 hour to read the materials, and 20 minutes to complete the discussion post which is just your survey this week. You will, later, need to reply to all your peers which will take around 30-45 minutes. However, each reply can be brief. You may opt to use an “anonymous” reply for privacy. You may opt not to take a survey if you feel it is too personal, you can add “opt out” to your reply if that is the case.

 

Read:

 Practice: There are sample speeches and sample outlines, please review these resources. In the sample outlines, notice how the students constructed their surveys and how they used the results to adapt to a specific audience.

Do:  Complete the Discussion Post as follows, and then you can begin researching your speech sources for next week. 

ORIGINAL POST (Due Wednesday @ 11:59 pm)

Speech 4 is a persuasive speech; it is on a LOCAL organization or cause. However, you can take a world or national topic and localize it.

You are seeking to change our views and/or behaviors. Again, the key to well-adapted speeches is “knowing your audience.” You will need to know more about your audience to do well!

Thus, we are going to construct a class survey together as you did for the Informative Speech. What do you want to know about your audience to help you adapt to us in your speech?

For This Discussion Post three Persuasive Speech Survey questions, including:

  1. One “fixed response question” which is like a yes or no question.

Or, ask another type of fixed response question such as, “how many times have you ____:”

  • Never ___
  • Only every so often ___
  • 1 x a day ___
  • 2 x a day ___
  • 3 x a day ___
  • 4 x (or more) a day

 

  1. One “Likert Scale” question which measures the strength of a response on a “scale” concerning your speech topic.

On a scale of 1-5 which do you most agree with this statement: _______
strongly disagree 1 2 3 4 5 strongly agree

 

One open question (make sure that this is open, not closed). It can take the form of:

 

“What, if anything, should we do about ….?”

 

Please post your survey by Wednesday, at 11:59 p.m.

REPLIES TO 3 PEERS (Due Sunday @ 11:59 pm)
By Sunday, please post feedback to all of your peers who posted on time.

Please answer as many of your classmates’ surveys as possible by Sunday, at 11:59 pm. If there is a survey that you feel is too personal, please note that or email me. You can post anonymously if you would like. If you do, I might not know if you posted, so just send me an email.

Reflect: Look back at the responses your classmates made. You can begin your audience analysis report for the Persuasive Speech. This will help you reflect upon how they might share your viewpoint, disagree, or perhaps not know much about the topic. Consider concrete ways you can use this information to best adapt your persuasive appeals to your audience. Think about what research might be most persuasive (and least persuasive) to this group as you prepare to post and “defend” your sources next week for your Persuasive Speech.

 

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Persuasive Speech Unit Discussion #2:

This week you’ll post your “source defense” for your Persuasive Speech and give feedback to your peers on their use of research.

Start: Look over the sample discussion post. Notice you will be researching your Persuasive Speech assignment this week. Are you familiar with the library’s databases? If not, please ask for help, actually visit the library, see the virtual library services, or ask your instructor. While “Google” is a great search engine, this week you’ll go beyond Google.

The discussion posting will take as long as it does to research your speech topic. If you have not done so yet, go to our college’s library databases [insert]:

  1. Academic Search Premier
  2. Opposing ViewPoints
  3. Lexus Nexus

The time to anticipate for researching will vary. You should expect to spend at least 5 hours researching your persuasive speech topic. Some will do much more research, others will do less. If you do not have a topic, please contact your instructor ASAP.

After you have your research, it will take 1 hour to read the materials, and 20 minutes to complete the discussion post which is just your survey this week. You will, later, need to reply to 3 peers which will take about 20 minutes.

Read:

Practice: There are sample speeches in the content area, look at how past students have used research in their speeches and how they have written their Works Cited page. Also, as you read the guides for research and APA/MLA style, think about the quality of your research.

Do:  Complete the Discussion Post as follows, then you can continue

ORIGINAL POST (Due Wednesday @ 11:59 pm) (about 3 paragraphs or 250 words)

The Persuasive Speech focuses on a LOCAL organization or cause. However, you can take a world or national topic and localize it. Sources will be a combination of an interview of a “local expert,” local information (e.g., census data on incomes, local educational ratings, a nonprofit organization’s annual report), but also needs 2 academic, scholarly or original sources. What sources are you going to use? More importantly, how do you know what is “academic?” That is the topic of this week’s discussion: Sources – how do you find a great source?

POST

REPLIES TO 3 PEERS (Due Sunday @ 11:59 pm)

By Sunday, please post feedback to three peers who posted on time.

Give 3 people in class feedback on their sources including:

  • List one specific strength concerning their topic.
  • What might the audience identify with concerning this topic?
  • What might the audience “not get” or not identify with concerning this topic?
  • Assess their sources. Give three reasons why you believe their sources are credible or not credible. Use the readings to support your response by referring to at least three concepts from the readings/notes/lecture.

Reflect: Look back at the responses your classmates made about your speech sources. You can finish your Works Cited page for the Persuasive Speech (the rough draft is due next week). Consider concrete ways you can use this information to best adapt your persuasive appeals to your audience.

 

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Persuasive Speech Unit Discussion #3:

This week you’ll post the rough draft for your Persuasive Speech.

Start: Look over the replies from last week, do you need to modify the sources you are using? Did you complete your Works Cited? Review the assignment sheet, especially the outline worksheet to see if you have any questions before submitting the rough draft for your Persuasive Speech. Check the class schedule to determine if you are on track. Ask your instructor if you have any questions. Give yourself enough time to read the chapters prior to writing your post. Then, when ready, the discussion posting should take you 20 minutes to complete. You will, later, need to reply to three of your peers. Each reply should be 75-100 words.

You and I will discuss your rough drafts in SKYPE or in person sessions this week (see the www.calendly.com link for your instructor).

Read: Review Previous Chapters

Practice: See the sample Outlines posted in the Content and the Learning Modules on this unit.

Do:  Complete the Discussion Post as Follows

ORIGINAL POST (Due Wednesday @ 11:59 pm)

Copy and Paste your Rough Draft of the Persuasive Speech into the Discussion Textbox. Don’t add this as an attachment (students tend not to want to download/open/read then come back to D2L). Follow the worksheet guidelines. Please add as much detail to the worksheet as possible – including your source citations/use. Remember – this speech accounts for the majority of your grade so adding a great rough draft will allow for the best feedback.

  • o Remember, this is an outline, not an essay. Also, remember to add a copy of your rough draft to the correct D2L Assignments Dropbox.
  • REPLIES TO PEERS (Due Sunday @ 11:59 pm) (about 1 paragraph or 75-100 words).
    • o By Sunday, please post feedback to your peers. These posts can help encourage the others to feel comfortable in class. As you write comments, do not just add a “good job” or “keep working” – in your reply add:
      • How did this classmate establish a “NEED” for the “A” (first main point) of the body? Is there PROOF that there is a Need?  Please give feedback.
      • How did this classmate explain the “SATISFACTION” for the main point “B” (second main point) of the body?  Does the solution plan work? Is there proof? Is it easy for YOU to do? Be specific – do you know what to do, where to go and why this will help the problem/need?
      • How did this classmate use the VISUALIZATION Step?
        • The Visualization looks to the benefits of action and consequences of inaction — does this person PROVE with EVIDENCE that there are consequences for inaction (doing nothing) or benefits for action (getting involved)?
        • Did he or she explain/prove there are consequences for not acting?
        • Did he or she explain/prove there are benefits we’ll see from getting involved?
      • How you think the audience might react to this classmate’s speech topic and/or plan for the speech? Is the ACTION something we can really do — is there an alternative (something more adapted) that might be helpful to also consider (e.g., if you cannot do this, what might you be able to do — like you can’t go to a fundraiser, but you could write a letter or buy a ticket).

Reflect: Look back at the responses your classmates made about your speech’s rough draft. Consider concrete ways you can use this information for completing your final draft which is due next week. You will discuss your rough draft in an online (or, if it can be arranged, in person) conference with your instructor prior to submitting your final draft. Remember, your final draft is still an outline. Some students begin to write an essay (like in an English Composition class). Your final draft outline is just that, an outline, but the “final” full sentence outline is for grading. See the sample outlines for a guide or ask your instructor.

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