Topic: Emperor Penguins
Specific purpose: To teach my audience about an overlooked species.
A. Attention Getter
Can you imagine living in a state of pure cold? Where the temperature is constantly sub-zero? How about an entire colony living in such conditions? This is the life of an emperor penguin.
Everyone loves penguins. And if you don’t I will kindy have to ask you to leave. Just kidding, Everyone has seen movies centered around Penguins, however very few know much about this overlooked species.
C. Credibility Statement
I love emperor penguins. Well, penguins in general. Shoot, look at me keys. I don’t really know why to be quite honest. They just fascinate me.
D. Central Idea
Penguins live lives that we as humans could not even fathom.
E. Initial Preview
To understand this how they live, you will need to know about the land of which the heil, how they live on a day to day basis, and the abnormalities they can potentially suffer.
Transition: Let us begin with the land of which they heil.
Point A. Emperor penguins are native to the desolate land of Antarctic
1. Antarctica, as many of you know, is in the southern hemisphere at the south pole. It occupies a space of 14 million square kilometers. 280,000 sq kilometers is ice-free, while 13.72 million square kilometers is covered in ice. The ice free zone, has no vegetation, it is simply barren rock. The terrain varies from peninsulas and ice-free coasts, to mountain ranges and trenches. As a matter of fact. The world’s deepest trench not covered by seawater is the Bentley Subglacial Trench which reaches a point of 2540 meters below sea level. (World Factbook)
2. Antarctica is also home to severely low temperatures which vary with latitude, elevation, and the distance from the ocean. The East end of the continent is colder than the west because of its much higher elevation. The Antarctic Peninsula seems to have the most moderate climate; The highest temperatures occur in January and average slightly below freezing. This information was provided by the CIA World Factbook.
3. Many hazards leave Antarctica to be a dangerous realm. Strong, gravity driven winds, called Katabatic winds, blow toward the coast from the high interior There are also frequent blizzards form near the foot of the plateau,and hurricanes that form over the ocean and move along the coast. If that wasn’t bad enough, there is volcanic activity on Deception Island and many isolated areas in the west. There are, on occasion, minor earthquakes however they are rare. (World Factbook)
Transition Now that we know the living conditions of penguins, let’s talk about how they actually live.
Point B. Emperor penguins live an excruciatingly active life
1. These critters endure harsh living conditions, as you all know. National Geographic tells us that they must huddle together to escape the severe winds...