This sample is a persuasive speech from a course titled “Writing, Rhetoric, Literacy.” The speech is intended for a school board for which I was “asked by the community to reach out and explain the problems behind synthetic turf.” The speech challenged me not only to research but also check my research with other sources to ensure clarity and accuracy. I also created charts and provided my own calculations for the cost-analysis portion. After my speech, I asked my class to vote:
How many wanted to still install a synthetic surface?
How many wanted to invest in a professional grade natural surface?
The overwhelming majority preferred investing more into a natural surface, citing different aspects of my speech. Below, I have provided the introduction, cost- analysis portion, and conclusion of my speech. There was an accompanying PowerPoint created as well.