I need a question (a very interesting, and great one) on which I can make a presentation of about 5 minutes. The topic isn't important, anything.I should make the audience curious, but I really...

I need a question (a very interesting, and great one) on which I can make a presentation of about 5 minutes. The topic isn't important, anything.

I should make the audience curious, but I really don't have an idea. So for example: Why are so many people afraid of spiders? or Why do we laugh? Why there is such a mess under my desk?...It would be so nice if you could help me.

All the best.

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lynnebh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What is wrong with the topics that you have suggested? They sound pretty interesting to me.

Who is your audience? I think this is crucial. If you are going to make your presentation to  your peers (i.e. other 11th graders), then you know better than we what would be of interest to them. I would try to choose something interesting to them, but not something run-of-the-mill that everyone else might have chosen - such as "how to get a date" or "how to get good grades in school." Ho hum. Yawn.

I have found that shocking topics are often attention-getters. For example, one of my students once did an interesting speech on gas - what causes "human" gas. It was not a potty-mouth type of presentation, but was done in good taste, and very scientific, but interesting. It immediately got everyone's attention because she brought in some props - a box of Beano, etc., and everyone giggled, but they paid attention right away.

I am sure if you do some good brainstorming, you can come up with a great topic. Think about some things that kids are talking about, or what is going on in your community that might be interesting - is there anything controversial? Presentations that appeal to emotions are good - animal cruelty, for example. Lots of shocking statistics are available.

Some of the other creative teachers on eNotes will hopefully give you some additional ideas.

Good luck.

lsumner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In college, I asked a rhetorical question that definitely captured my classmates' attention. I asked, "If you needed a kidney, would you take one?" I followed that rhetorical question by a another rhetorical question that set the thesis of my persuasive speech. "Then why not give one?"

I continued to explain the importance of organ donation. The students were really interested in my topic. You could perhaps explain how important organ donation is. You may be surprised at how many people in your audience would be interested in organ donation.

After making my speech, using rhetorical questions to capture my audience's attention, I had several students ask me how to sign up. Be sure and have all the information you need for students to sign up for organ donation.

You might want to include a relevant story about a survivor of an organ donation surgery. Perhaps you could do a little research and learn about how many lives are saved through organ donation.

You may want to create a brochure on organ donation to hand out after your speech or presentation. 


litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Actually, I don't think it's as obvious as you say. You can choose a question that seems to have an obvious answer and then go in a different direction with it, that will not only get everyone's attention but will surprise and entertain them too. You can even take a humorous or satirical approach to it.
coole | Student

@Isumner. Thanks, that's a good idea, I take it. :)

@elfgirl. This question is to obvious, Everybody knows why we go to school. We want to have an education for a good job. But thanks, anyway.

elfgirl | Student

Why do we go to school?