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Persuasive vs. informative speech (country impact)


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Jan 25, 2009, 05:00am   #1
I'm supposed to write an informative speech. My thesis is something like this: Country A has negatively impacted so and so. I have three [negative] body points which support this negative thesis. But i'm not trying to persuade anybody to take this side... I'm just informing about the negative things.

Did I turn this into a persuasive speech? I guess you're not supposed to take sides for informative speech. But I'm still using facts/info (the body points) to support the thesis. So iam confused. Should I change my thesis to 'Country A has affected so and so in many ways'? And for my body points, write the negative and positive ways Country A has affected so & so?

Usually, for this sort of assignment the teacher will give some outline or criteria, so that you know what is expected of you. It is true that the informative speech is not about taking a side. You just have to balance those arguments with the arguments of the other side of the argument. Like a journalist, you should remain objective as you inform.

Here is some help:

writing.colostate.edu/guides/speaking/infomod/pop2e.cfm
Jan 25, 2009, 02:15pm   #3
From what you say, you should still be on safe ground. If you are really worried, pick a different topic -- an informative speech can be on almost anything. You might find it useful to listen to some informative speeches, which you can do at this site: ted.com. You might be able to model your speech after one of the ones you find there.
Jan 29, 2009, 12:09am   #4
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