Video for supporting materials

Video for supporting materials

I Love Lucy: Season 5, episode 9

Early in this episode, Lucy and Ricky have a debate about whether their 3-year-old son should attend preschool. To support her position, Lucy quotes child-rearing expert Dr. Benjamin Spock. However, Ricky suspects she is not quoting accurately and catches her. This brings up several follow up questions:

  • Stop the clip right after the quote: Who has won the debate to this point?
  • What type of supporting material did Lucy bring in to support her point?
  • Finish the clip: NOW who has won? Why?
  • What was Lucy’s error? What problems might a speaker create by committing this type of error?

This leads nicely into why your supporting materials should be put to a test before you bring them into your speech.

Hulu currently (summer 2015) has the episode available for free. If hulu removes it, then it may be available at tvland.com, cbs.com or youtube, where it sometimes appears. The relevant part of the episode is at minutes 3-5.

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