Week 14: Wrap up Persuasive Speeches

This week, we will complete our persuasive speeches and wrap up unit 2. There is PLENTY of information on this post regarding the persuasive speech, so please be sure to refer back to this post often. Please be sure you are on time and present each day! Please see below for a brief schedule of our week together: 

Monday, April 191. Warm-up: M.U.G. Monday 
2. Transferring outlines to drafts
3. MLA Formatting
Please view the information and template on my blog below!
4. Start working on rough drafts
Tuesday, April 201. Warm-up: Lit Term Tuesday
2. Complete rough drafts in class
Wednesday, April 21Reminder: Regular School Day Today!
1. Warm-up: Words on Wednesday: “Said is Dead”
-Please view the “Said is Dead” list on my blog below!
2. Work session: revisions and final drafts
Thursday, April 221. Warm-up: Test Prep Thursday
2. How to create a Works Cited in MLA format mini-lesson
3. Work session: complete final drafts
Friday, April 23Reminder: Asynchronous Learning Day! 

1. Please use today’s time to complete your final drafts if you did not do so during class time. Please submit your completed persuasive speech by midnight on Sunday via CTLS.
2. You must also record yourself presenting your speech on the Padlet here!
3. Don’t forget that USATP is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday!

Transferring Outlines to Drafts

Once you’re done with your outline, move on to your rough draft. Since you outlined and organized your ideas in the outlining stage of the writing process, all you have to do is put it all together! Basically, you are taking your organized bullet points and turning them into complete sentences and paragraphs. Make sure you are always considering audience and purpose, as this will dictate your choices in rhetorical appeals and strategies used.

Please use this template to type your speech (File > Make a Copy).

Once you make a copy, please re-title your document to your first and last name.

Said is Dead!

Please use the list below for your Words on Wednesday Warm-up!

Works Cited

Please read the instructions below thoroughly to ensure you know how to complete a Works Cited!

Are ALL of your appeals to logic and credibility (ethos and logos) cited in your paper with quotation marks and parenthetical citations? If not, this is priority #1! CITE YOUR SOURCES! Sources and information that is not properly cited is considered PLAGIARISM and will earn you a big fat zero. Plus, Ms. A. will show you NO chill.

Now that you’ve finished up your rough drafts and included parenthetical citations for ALL of your sources, it’s time to move on to the Works Cited page. Your Works Cited will list all of the sources you have included in your essay.

Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create a Works Cited page!

(Please note that you will have to download the video to your computer to watch it. It is quite long, so it may take a minute to load.)

Or, follow the written steps below to create a Works Cited page, which will be the last page of your essay.

  1. When you’re at the end of your essay, hit “enter/return” until you hit a fresh, new page. At the top of that new page, center-align the title, “Works Cited.” Be sure to capitalize the “W” and the “C”!
  2. Hit “enter/return” one more time and left-align your cursor. (Your cursor is the blinking line that shows up as you type.)
  3. Open up all three (or more) of your sources in separate tabs in a browser. (It’s 2021, quit using Internet Explorer.)
  4. In another tab, open up www.easybib.com. EasyBib is an excellent citation generator you should use for ALL of your essays!
  5. Copy and paste the URL of your first source into EasyBib. Make sure you’re using the “Website” tab.
  6. Click “Cite it.”
  7. On the next page, you may have one or more options of citations to use. Choose the article name that fits yours, and click “Cite this.”
  8. Click “Continue to the final step.”
  9. Now here’s where it can get a little tricky. You’ll have to use your detective skills here, because websites are all formatted differently. First, make sure every word, other than words like “the,” “a,” “an,” “and,” “be,” etc. are capitalized. For example, “Why teachers’ salaries should be doubled – now” needs to be edited as, “Why Teachers’ Salaries Should be Doubled – Now”
  10. Under “Contributors,” include the first and last names of ALL authors listed on the website. The author’s name (or byline, as it’s called in journalism) is typically immediately below the headline, or title of the article.
  11. Include the website title. Again, be sure all major words are capitalized (for example, The Washington Post).
  12. You can leave the publisher/sponsor blank, if it’s not already filled in.
  13. Include the FULL URL.
  14. “Electronically published” is the date that the article was published online. You can typically find this in the byline by the author’s name. If there is no date, use the copyright year, which is typically found at the very, very bottom of the website.
  15. Click “Create Citation.” Hooray! Your first citation is done!
  16. Follow steps 5-15 above for each source. Make sure you’re using the same window on EasyBib, as it will automatically save all of your citations in one place, which is what you want!
  17. Once all of your sources are in one place, copy and paste the entire Works Cited into the page you titled “Works Cited.” Make sure your sources are all in alphabetical order by the first word in the source.
  18. Next, you will have to create a hanging indent. In Google Docs, make sure you have the ruler view on. If you see numbers at the top, the ruler is on. If you don’t, go to “View” > “Show ruler.”
  19. Highlight your ENTIRE Works Cited, with the exception of the words “Works Cited.”
  20. In the ruler, you will see a rectangle and a triangle. Move both over to the right to 0.5.
  21. Selecting ONLY the top rectangle, move the rectangle to the left, back to 0.0. Click here to see it in action!
  22. You’re all done! 🙂


Make sure you have reviewed the rubric provided in class a couple of weeks ago. Refer to each category to ensure you have all requirements.

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