Term 2 Persuasive Speeches

Homework Assignment (Year 5)
Room 11, 2015
Speech Due:  Tuesday Week 7

You have Five Weeks to write, plan and learn your speech off by heart!!
You can present your speech to the class earlier if you are ready.

Your task is to prepare a two minute-thirty (Year 5) speech on a topic of your own choice. You will need to begin planning and organising your speech immediately.  

Please make sure that you work on this every night, do not leave it until the last moment. Follow the help sheets carefully as well as the lessons that will be given in class.  

To help with your planning, you will be assessed on the following points: 
  • Content: Speech has a quality introduction, organised content (middle) and quality conclusion. 
  • Voice: Clear voice with expression, can be heard at the back of the class.
  • Eye contact:  Confidently maintains eye contact with the audience
  • Timing:  Speech completed on time + or – 10 seconds of 2 minutes (points will be deducted if the speech is outside this time limit).  
  • Body Language:  Relaxed and confident appearance.  

Expectation -  The Speech will be learnt off by heart!  
This will be your homework for Weeks 3 to 6 (as well as other homework).

Making a speech is nothing to fear.  With preparation and practise you can improve your skills and increase your confidence.


Speeches- Help Sheet 1

You will need to start working on your Speech immediately so that you can get it finished and memorised.  Start planning today, so that you can give yourself plenty of time to get organised.

Starting Off
  • Think about these when you choose your topic
  • What is my purpose? I am trying to persuade people!
  • Who is my audience?
  • What kind of speech would suit me?

Persuasive:  Backs up points with examples
Example of possible topics - 
  • Children have a difficult life
  • Computers are the enemy
  • We can make a difference

Probably the hardest part of doing a speech is deciding on a topic!
Choosing a topic
Think about the type of speech that you might like to give.  Then think about these questions.  
  • What do I care about?
  • What makes me angry?
  • What makes my happy?
  • What would I like to change?
  • What are my interests outside school?
  • What is important to me?
  • What will the future bring?

Now it’s your Turn
Decide on a topic – discuss it with your parents and anyone else who will listen.  Your brothers and sisters can also be a great source of information and help (remember they have probably presented one before).

Speeches – Help Sheet 2

Things to think about as you write your speech

Personal Pronouns
Include the audience so that they are on your side.  “The future is ours – we must plan how we want it to be”.

Rhetorical Questions
Force your audience to think! “Is this the way we want the world to end”?

Stress the important points. “The world as we know it is at risk unless we plan for the future now”! “The future is in our hands”.

Remember the KISS principle, “Keep it simple, stupid!” It is much better to make a few well illustrated, memorable points than to keep going over small things that your audience will not remember.

  • Once you have decided on your topic think about the places you can get information from
  • Internet
  • Library – reference section
  • People – Interviews, surveys
  • Books
  • Television
  • Radio

Speeches – Help Sheet 3

Here is a checklist and Suggested Timeline:

1. Decide on a topic
  • Brainstorm everything you know about your topic

2. Ready to write
  • Begin researching your topic 
  • Select the most interesting material
  • Plan your notes, put them in some sort of order

3. Now rip into writing
  • Write a strond introduction and a powerful conclusion
  • Develop the main ideas logically
  • Include examples
  • Keep it simple

4. Put your speech on cue cards – remember you will be delivering your speech without reading from the cards directly.  
  • Cut cards to fit comfortably in your hand
  • Copy out the first sentence in full
  • Highlight all the key words and phrases
  • Number the cards

5. Work on your presentation skills
  • Learn your speech off by heart
  • Practise in front of the mirror
  • Practise in front of an audience
  • Check to make sure that you are using eye-contact
  • Time yourself to make sure that your speech is 3 minutes

When you have completed all of these tasks, book in a time with Mrs Notley to present your speech to the class. Remember that this will be on either the Wednesday, Thursday or Friday of Week Seven. 

Cross off each of these steps as you complete them.

Tip:  I have been marking speeches for a long time and I have noted the major loss of points is because students don’t time their speeches carefully.  Make sure that your speech is slightly longer than your expected time because you will probably speak faster when you are nervous. 

Example Persuasive Topics

1. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in schools? 

2. Should students have to wear uniforms? 

3. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen? 

4. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one? 

5. Should students be paid for having good grades? 

6. Should girls be allowed to play on boy’s sports teams? 

7. Should children be able to buy violent video games? 

8. Should boys and girls be in separate classes? 

9. Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished? 

10. Should students be able to listen to MP3 players on headphones during class? 

11. Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers? 

12. Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs? 

13. Should people have to get a license to become parents?