CTZN 110 (Honors)

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Persuasive Speech Outline: Death Penalty, 10/16/2019

The document above is an outline I used in preparation for a persuasive speech on the death penalty, a reoccurring topic in all three books of The Hunger Games.  The fact that I created an outline is an accomplishment in itself because I typically prefer to just go for it when it comes to speeches or presentations.  However, I am so glad that I learned how to develop an effective outline because I now see the value in organizing your thoughts to make the speech flow better.  It is also evidence of one of my first attempts at conducting scholarly research.  Clearly, there is a lot of room for improvement, seen in the Works Cited page, but it at least was a good exercise in finding valid sources to support one’s argument.  In the future, I hope to do a better job of finding peer-reviewed sources that offer all sides of an argument, as well as be more open to changing my thesis as more research is conducted.

As an introductory course, CTZN 110 prepared us for the level and quality of work that was expected at the college level.  My particular class studied citizenship through the lens of The Hunger Games series, unveiling major social commentary and themes like poverty, class structure, and the role of the media.  As an Honors course, it was expected that we came to class prepared to discuss the book beyond the plot, forcing us to make connections and spot overall themes, a skill I have found to be very useful in my other classes.  In addition, we studied effective methods of public speaking, yet another skill necessary to succeed in the college classroom.  At several points throughout the semester, we had to record ourselves giving a speech on an assigned topic, the length and depth increasing as we got further into the semester.  We were not only graded on content but also tone and presence in order to prepare us for future presentations in other classes.  These speeches functioned as a way to get used to scholarly research through the use of databases as well, something I was not used to.