College of Communication
China Studies

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -The First Amendment of the United States Constitution

Many students in speech classes are required to have a speech about the First Amendment. Here are a few keys to a successful First Amendment Speech.

  • Make sure your speech is about a current event that deals with issues about the First Amendment
  • Make sure you not only pick a side but make it clear throughout the the entire speech what side you are for
  • Be persuasive! This is a persuasive speech. Don't only provide information about the issue but persuade others on why your side is right!
  • Bring the audience into your speech; let them know how this affects them

Check out the types of speeches tab and look under COM 101 for some other great suggestions!

Here are some sample topics covering the First Amendment:http://libguides.butler.edu/freedomofspeech