Penn Speech and Debate: Extemp

Extemporaneous speaking (or "extemp") is a limited prep event - normally, you are given a choice between one of three topics and 30 minutes to prepare a 7 minute speech using research you collected before a tournament. In this case, you will be told of those topics beforehand. Please prepare a 3 minute speech on one of the topics provided.

The topics are:

1. What did the Ferguson shooting reveal about the state of race relations in the United States?

2. Does ISIS threaten the United States in the near future?

3. How will the Ebola outbreak affect the economy of West African nations?

You may use a notecard during your speech, and you will be expected to reference your research by source and date (e.g. According to a June 21st New York Times article...).

The purpose of extemporaneous speaking is to establish and defend a clear, sophisticated argument in a polished fashion. We will evaluate you based on the clarity and tightness of your argument as well as the confidence and persuasiveness inherent in your delivery. This is a persuasive speech - the best speeches will convince us that you are correct and that you have a thorough understanding of your material.