COM230HW2 - COM 230 Chaps 4 14(Topic Selection Informative...

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COM 230: Chaps 4 & 14 (Topic Selection; Informative Speaking) 1. Using one or more of the brainstorming methods described in Chapter 4, come up with 3 general topics for your upcoming Informative Speech. For each topic, develop three possible specific purpose statements suitably narrow in scope for a 6-7 minute speech . Make sure the specific purpose statements 1) Fit the specific criteria for effective statements discussed in your reading, and 2) are timely and timeless. Be prepared to share your statements in class. First Topic: Captain America Purpose Statement: To inform my audience on the history of the character/graphic novel, how it related to the real historical events of the time, and how the comic book has impacted today’s society. Second Topic: Basics of Camping/Backpacking Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the basic equipment and knowledge one needs to go backpacking, and my experience with backpacking over the summer. Third Topic: Skiing Purpose Statement: To inform my audience about the basics of skiing, the amazing trips one can take because of it, and about my experiences. 2. Identify the problem with the following specific purpose statements for a 6 to 7 minute classroom speech and REWRITE the statement according to the definition of an effective specific purpose statement as outlined in your textbook. a.To inform my audience about how to sign up for Facebook. This statement is too vague and general. To inform my audience about how to peruse the features of Facebook, connect with family and friends, and communicate with friends in a variety of ways. b.To persuade my audience that the U.S. government should increase funding for stem cell research and support the development of hydrogen-fuel vehicles. This statement has two distinct ideas. To persuade my audience that the U.S. government should increase funding for stem cell research. c.What is obsessive compulsive disorder? This statement should not be a question. To inform my audience about the dangers of obsessive compulsive disorder, and the available treatments for the disorder.
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d.To inform my audience why square grooves are superior to U-shaped grooves on golf clubs. This statement may be too specific for a 6-7 minute speech. To inform my audience about the different types of golf clubs and how they are used on the course. e.To inform my audience about Thailand. This statement is too broad. To inform my audience about the major sites, foods, and traditions in Thailand. f. Donate blood. This statement is a fragment, not an infinitive phrase. To inform my audience about the necessity and benefits of donating blood.
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