Informative Speech An informative speech is like teaching. The purpose of an informative speech is to try to teach something to the audience. The success of your speech depends on whether the audience learns what you wanted to teach them. You need to tell the audience why the information is useful and valuable. You need to make sure that the audience understands and remembers the essential information. Possible Informative Speech Topics anthrax Bobby Knight depression firefighting Franklin D. Roosevelt schizophrenia twins Aztecs California diabetes football Metallica tennis television history bees Cinco de Mayo epilepsy hummingbirds panic attacks trucks Winston Churchill Demonstration Speech A demonstration speech is like an informative speech because you have to teach the audience about something. However, in a demonstration speech you will not just tell the audience about something, you will also tell them how to do something. Your speech will be successful if at the end of your speech the audience can do what you showed them to do. Possible Demonstration Speech Topics decorate a cake make a jello cake make rice krispy treats tie a knot the Heimlich maneuver make a smoothie make salsa perform a magic trick draw cartoons make origami play guitar make a puppet Persuasive Speech A persuasive speech contains information to help people make a decision. The purpose of a persuasive speech is to persuade people to change in some way. For example, it could be to change the way they think about something. Or it could be to change the way they do things. Finally, it could be to persuade the audience to do something that they do not do now. Your speech will be successful if at the end of your speech the audience is willing to make the change you suggested. Possible Persuasive Speech Topics adoption eating healthier cell phones in school salary caps in sports TV violence cloning getting exercise pay for college athletes saving money vegetarianism drinking soda good hygiene music parental advisory labels smoking trying teens as adults Speech Assignment You will be presenting a speech to the class. Each student is responsible for the following: 3-5 minute speech Full sentence outline due the day the speech is given Notes – On 3x5 cards to use during the speech (no papers will be allowed) Visual aid 3 sources cited in a bibliography at the end of the outline (only one source may be an interview) Choose the type of speech you will give. Informative Demonstration Persuasive Choose a topic that: not only interests you, but will be interesting to others as well has enough information available to fill the time requirement is something you know enough about to inform others on is school appropriate (ask first if you’re not sure) Definitions of each type of speech and examples are on the back of this paper. Use the bottom of this page to brainstorm some ideas of your own.