In your production of a dramatic script you tackled an issue of social significance, offering social commentary on a potentially divisive, important issue. It is time to take that passion and internalize it to speak out in a way that only you can, by delivering a speech that fully expresses not only your position, but your expectations for action. There are two components of this assignment.
- The first is that you must provide the rhetorical context of your speech:
- What is your role as a speaker (are you a concerned citizen, student, or member of the affected group?
- The occasion that informs your writing (what makes you take a stand now to delivery this speech (beside an assignment)?)
- Who is your audience? Be as specific as you can.
- What is your purpose? What is it that you wish to accomplish?
- What is the subject you are discussing?
- What tone will you use? What is the attitude you will have regarding the issue and the audience?
A brief outline that provides the structure and intended rhetorical devices of the speech.
- Create an outline that includes the claim, support, counterclaim, and conclusion/call to action.
- What reasoning and support will you use?
- Will you begin with your claim, evidence, or counterclaim? Why?
- What arguments will your opposition use, and how will you respond to them?
- What actions will you call on your audience to take?
- What Rhetorical devices do you intend to use?
- Consider: Allusion, aphorism, anaphora, alliteration, juxtaposition, rhetorical questions. Include examples of how you might use them!