Sunglasses Informative Speech

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Courtney Blanch
August 30, 2015
Informational Visual Aid Speech
Can you see me?
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the history, creation, and current popularity of sunglasses.
Central Idea: Sunglasses are more than what the eye meets, from their long history, to the actual creation, and on to their increasing popularity.

Introduction: I. Mostly anyone with a pair of eyes has worn a pair of sunglasses in their lifetime. But have you ever thought about how and where these nifty lenses were first invented? A. Majority of the population, nearly 85%, own at least one pair of sunglasses. B. I personally enjoy wearing sunglasses and in this speech I will explain the reasons why humans love sunglasses. II. Sunglasses have an extensive history dating back to ancient times in Roman History, and China. III. It wasn’t until about the mid 1700’s that sunglasses were thought to be used for UV protection and even correct specific eye impairments. IV. Sunglasses are popular throughout society and can range from only dollars to upwards of $5,000.
Body:
I. The earliest historical reference to sunglasses dates back to ancient China and Rome. A. Roman Emperor Nero was thought to have watched gladiator competitions through polished light emerald green gems, but these worked more like mirrors B. Between the twelfth century but before 1430, sunglasses were worn by Judges in the Courts of China 1. They were not used as protection from the sun but to keep their eyes from giving away the outcome of their decisions. 2. Made from smoky quarts which gave no corrective powers but help in protecting eyes from glare. C. Around 1752, a man names James Ayscough, began experimenting with blue and green tinted lenses for spectacles in the mid-18th century. 1. Theses weren’t “sunglasses’ per say but Ayscough believed that…...

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