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Persuasive Speeches Project
Transcript of Persuasive Speeches Project
"National Address to America's Schoolchildren"
By: Barack Obama Olivia Walters The Author Barack Obama:
Born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu Hawaii
His father left his family when he was two year old.
He was raised my a single mother. The Author The topic of this speech is the importance of of getting a good education.
President Obama says that he can relate to those children who slack off in school, fortunate enough to have a second chance. Audience The audience of this speech were young students of America.
President Obama targeted this audience because he felt he would be able to reach them, and encourage them to study hard and focus on getting a good education. Author's Argument "....No matter what you want to do with your life I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it.."
President Obama's argument is that in order to be successful and to succeed in life you must have a good education. What is Semantic Slanting? Semantic Slanting is when the author uses words, images, or information to convince the reader to think or do something.
"Maybe you could be a great writer maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper but you might not know it until you write that English paper"
This quote is a great example of semantic slanting because here President Obama is trying to convince students to do their work because the might be great at something and not even know it because they didn't try. Persuasion Techniques Pathos: Words used to make the reader feel a certain emotion, like happy, sad, or angry.
"...My father left my family when I was two years old.."
This quote used pathos because it makes you feel sad.
Repetition: When the author repeats word, images, or information.
President Obama uses repetition by repeating the words "succeed" and "education"
Plain folks appeal: Typical, everyday people who are impacted by the product idea.
"Everybody", "Americans", "Shantelle Steve", these are examples of plain folks appeal. The counter argument The counter argument is the other side of the argument.
In this speech President Obama does mention his counter argument.
This is President Obama's counter argument. "...you can be rich and successful without any hard work that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star." Bias or Unbiased? Effectiveness Information Works Cited Image Works Cited This speech was effective because of the perusavie techniques that President Obama uses when he was giving his speech.
He uses pathos my saying "...My father left my family when I was two years old.."
This quote used pathos because it makes you feel sad. Biased is when you favor one side over another.
This speech was unbiased because he displays the counter argument in this speech. http://www.blackenterprise.com/news/president-obama-announces-re-election-bid/ Bio. True History. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/barack-obama-12782369>.
The White House. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-in-a-National-Address-to-Americas-Schoolchildren/>.