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A library guide for public speaking
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The information on the following tabs of this guide will help you identify keywords for your topic, find and evaluate different types of sources, and cite your sources.

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Your Assignment


Deliver a 5-8 minute speech on one of the following topics. Prepare a Power Point presentation to accompany your speech. The presentation must have 5-8 academic sources. You may use books, print or electronic, as a source as long as it is academic in nature (provides critical analysis of the primary source). Your paper must be in MLA, 9th edition, format with a properly formatted Works Cited Page.


Gun Rights

With all of the gun violence in America, school shootings, drive-by shootings, gang violence, etc.m do we, as a nation, need to revisit the Second Amendment? Does each individual American still have the right to bear arms? Write and present a speech taking one side of the argument.


Is a baby a life before it is born? If so, does the baby have right? Does a woman, or a man, have the right to terminate a pregnancy? If so, at what stage is it no longer morally or ethically right to abort a baby? Write and present a speech taking one side of the argument.


Prostitution is often called the world's "oldest profession." Is prostitution truly a profession? Should prostitution be legal? If so, what should be the parameters of that legalization? Write and present a speech taking one side of the argument.

Capital Punishment

A man associated with a drug cartel was prosecuted in San Antonio, Texas heinously dismembered a 6 year old girl while her parents were made to watch. Should a crime like this deserve capital punishment? Write and present a speech taking one side of the argument.