Purpose: The purpose of this speech to persuade your audience about a particular topic. This speech
must make an attempt to be persuasive in its tone. You may use a question of fact, value, or policy and
your speech must be well-supported through research. The topic must be relevant to us as an audience
and be well-adapted to our purposes and expectations. Students will employ an organizational pattern
and enhance delivery skills in addition to developing a thesis statement, locating appropriate support
material, and developing a persuasive argument.
Assignment: Think critically about your speech topic, choose your organizational pattern, develop an
outline, and deliver a persuasive speech. Decide upon the most effective organizational pattern based
upon your goals and audience analysis. You must get your topic and organizational pattern approved.
6-7 minutes long
Typed preparation outline, with clear organizational pattern
Clear speech organization (attention getter, thesis statement, preview, main points, subpoints,
conclusions, transitions and/or organizational pattern)
You must cite at least three sources from a newspaper, magazine, book, or scholarly journal article
Total Points: 25
*Grading criteria forthcoming
Persuasive Speech Grading Criteria
Basic Requirements (-1 if not met):
o 6-7 minutes in length: ____________ minutes (5:45-7:15)
o Speech effectively met the goal to persuade
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Introduction ___4___3 ___2 ___1
b) thesis statement _____
c) establish credibility_____
d) preview _____
Support Material___3 ___2 ___1
Three different sources of information demonstrate support for your claims_____
Explicitly cited verbally in speech_____
Sources are credible _____
Main Points ___3 ___2 ___1
Clear main points
Transitions between points
Organization Pattern___4___3 ___2 ___1
Question of Fact or Value
Question of Policy
Conclusion ___3 ___2 ___1
a) a review of your main points _____
b) a restatement of your thesis _____
c) creative ending statement _____
Delivery___3 ___2 ___1
Voice is projected and speaker uses vocal variety
Use of gestures, posture, movement, and/or facial expressions
Speech was clearly prepared and rehearsed
Speaker was enthusiastic
Speech was extemporaneous
o Outline followed directed format
o Clear preparation outline with full sentences
o Provided reference list
Outline Grade:____________/5 points
Final Grade: _______/25
Name: Fatima Freeman
Persuasive Speech Outline
a. ATTENTION GETTER:
After the colonist defeated the British Monarchy and became the United States of America we
became a nation that symbolizes freedom.But imagine a world where a government judges you
base on race, sex, sexual orientation and religion. Today Americans are fighting for the right to
marry within the same sex, not to disclose their sexual orientation and to have the freedom to
practice their religion on school grounds.
b. THESIS STATEMENT:
Currently, our government is passing policies that are based on religious values to become
laws that will determine who an American can marry, what we drink on Sunday and religious
practices in school.
c. ESTABLISH CREDIBILITY:
As a fellow American and former veteran of the U.S. Army it is always easy for me to agree with
my government and never question the values of their decision making. But when in the
military the subject of gays in the military occurred and same sex marriages, I thought
whatever happened to the freedom that my fore fathers fought for.
Today I will persuade you to question the values that govern our nation, that some laws are
based on religion and why we should not legalize or illegalize policies base off our religious
e. TRANSITION TO FIRST POINT:
Every year on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate our freedom that General George
Washington and 12 other men would fight for the freedom of our nation against King George.
a. MAIN POINT #1:
According to the Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Section V. Religion and
the State Government, many states were as explicit about the need for a thriving religion as
Congress was in its thanksgiving and fast day proclamations. The Massachusetts Constitution
of 1780 declared, for example, that "the happiness of a people, and the good order and
preservation of civil government, essentially depend on piety, religion and morality."
Congregationalists and Anglicans who, before 1776, had received public financial
support, called their state benefactors "nursing fathers" (Isaiah 49:23). After
independence they urged the state governmentsto continue succoring them. Knowing
that in the egalitarian, post-independence era, the public would no longer permit single
denominations to monopolize state support, legislators devised "general assessment
schemes." Such laws took effect in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire and
were passed but not implemented in Maryland and Georgia.
After a general assessment scheme was defeated in Virginia, an incongruous coalition of
Baptists and theological liberals united to sunder state from church. However, the
outcome in Virginia of the state-church debate did not, it should be remembered,
represent the views of the majority of American states that wrestled with this issue in
The responsibilities of the state were understood in an early work like Bishop John
Jewel's Apologie of the Church of England (1562) to be comprehensive, including
imposing the church's doctrine on society.
As the argument of separation of church and state would continue throughout the
history of the United States of America the moral of how an American lives their lives
will be challenged by the right for a person to marry within their same sex and other
rights that Americans choice to practice.
b. MAIN POINT #2:
According to CNN Politics, Obama Views on Same-Sex Marriage Reflects Societal Shifts by CNN
Supreme Court Producer, Bill Mears, it is a personal and political evolution that in many ways
reflects the country as a whole. Shifting public opinion and old fights over judicial power are at
the nexus of perhaps the most important social issue the high court has addressed in recent
years: same-sex marriage.
President Barack Obama once believed marriage was only between a man and a
woman. He then backed civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, granting them many of
the same rights and privileges as married heterosexuals. Now he firmly supports a
constitutional right that has put him at odds with many social conservatives.
The first involves the federal Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA is a 1996 law that defines
marriage between one man and one woman. That means federal tax, Social Security,
pension, and bankruptcy benefits, family medical leave protections, and other
provisions do not apply to gay and lesbian couples.
There about 120,000 legally married homosexual couples in the United States. Many
thousands more seek the same thing. But it may be 10 people who have the power to
force immediate, real change on this legal, political, and social issue: the nine justices
and Obama himself.
Marriage binds a man and woman to a sacred bound that can only be broken by death
but in our nation of freedom their areothers who say that certain people should not
marry because it is not moral. But marriage to another person because of their sex
should not be made legal or illegal base on moral. But base on the freedom for that
person to marry whom they choose.
c. MAIN POINT #3:
According to Genesis, The Holy Bible, God created the heavens and the earths would be the tale
that every person would come to know.
According to the Religion and the Founding of the American Republic, Section
IV.Religion and the Congress of the Confederation, 1774-89 the ContinentalConfederation Congress, contained an extraordinary number of deeply religious men.
The amount of energy that Congress invested in encouraging the practice of religion in
the new nation exceeded that expended by any subsequent American national
Although the Articles of Confederation did not officially authorize Congress to concern
itself with religion, the citizenry did not object to such activities. This lack of objection
suggests that both the legislators and the public considered it appropriate for the
national government to promote a nondenominational, nonpolemical Christianity.
Congress appointed chaplains for itself and the armed forces, sponsored the publication
of a Bible, imposed Christian morality on the armed forces, and granted public lands to
promote Christianity among the Indians. National days of thanksgiving and of
"humiliation, fasting, and prayer" were proclaimed by Congress at least twice a year
throughout the war and were, accordingly, considered afflictions, as divine
punishments for sin, from which a nation could rescue itself by repentance and
But today the laws that once govern the United States of America rights that are
declared in the Ten Bill of Rights will be challenge by separation of church and state.
a. RESTATE THESIS
The laws that govern our nation today are based on religion and the policy that is been pushed
by the homosexuals in America is same-sex marriage.
b. REVIEW MAIN POINTS
As I have persuaded you on the policies that govern our nation are sometimes based on
religious values, the values that our government practices and policies that are made legal or
illegal are based on the moral of religion.
c. CREATIVE ENDING STATEMENT
In The Preamble, We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the
general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain
and establish this Constitution for the United States of America, will always ring true in every
Americans heart that symbolizes the efforts and courage that our earlier Americans will show
to help win our freedom from The British.
The Holy Bible.Genesis.
Mears, Bill. (2013, June, 26).Obama Views on Same-Sex Marriage Reflects Societal Shifts.
Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/22/politics/court-same-sexobama/index.html.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic. Section V. Religion and the State
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic.Section IV. Religion and the Congress of the
Confederation. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel04.html.