Actions Speak Louder Words Prompt

Original Prompt:  It has been said that actions speak louder than words. Based on your experiences, do you agree or
disagree with this saying? Take a position on this issue. Support your response with reasons and
specific examples.

  • Interpret/analyze prompt:

    • This proverb has been around since the 17th century but was made famous in its current form by Abraham Lincoln. This is often used when someone says something or makes a promise but they are not expected to follow through with it. Additionally, the statement that is often used by parents or teachers to say that it is not enough for one to just say something. By backing up the words one says with actions that person gains trust from those they made a  promise with because they now have proven their intentions to follow through with what one says. Parents use this as a teaching lesson because one’s word determines how much they can be taken seriously and at their word. Often this statement is used to really show how a person who does not do what they say they will is therefor doing and saying nothing of value and no one believes them. The prompt has asked us whether or not words or actions speak louder. This is a dilemma because both are needed in order to accomplish anything. So in order to conquer this prompt one has to decide if it is more important to do or say.  In conclusion, this statement has lasted because it continues to teach the lesson that without following through with what one says there words become irrelevant and lose future value.

  • Knee-jerk response:

    • I agree with the statement actions speak louder than words because actions are the only thing that actually does anything. Without actions nothing would be done and words don’t do anything. Actions are the only thing that matter because they are the only thing that gives results. Actions impact people while words are just there. While words are in books all books do is sit in one place and do nothing. Overall, because words don’t actually do anything so actions are much stronger and more important than words.
  • Pre Writing:
  • Actions Speak Louder than Words Prewriting

    Zane Gates Copy of Prewriting

Peer Editing


Introductory Paragraph

  1. A common proverb is ¨Actions speak louder than words¨. This phrase means that words are meaningless without actions.

  2. Actions give meanings to your words because people say and make promises but have no intentions on keeping them.

  3. Acting according to your word will allow people to be more inspired and will most likely draw people to you.

  4. For instance, picking a candidate for a leading job who does what he says, will make it easier to choose.

  5. Lastly, without actions, there are no results.

  6. So therefore, actions give meanings to your words, people are most likely to be inspired by someone who honors their word, and without actions there are no results.

  1. I agree with this sentence.

  2. I think instead of saying “gives meaning” you should say “gives purpose” or “a purpose”  because the word “meaning”will already be used various times throughout our essay.

  3. You could say “honoring your word” maybe?

  4. A candidate who honors his word will more likely be chosen over a candidate who doesn’t.

  5. Nice flow.

  6. Strong ending.

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Body Paragraph #1

  1. First of all, everyone has the freedom to say anything that he or she wishes to say.

  2. However, this does not mean that everything we say is truthful and should be taken literally.

  3. When some declares something magnificent that they wish to achieve, how many of them actually take steps towards this goal.

  4. To truly discover who someone is, one must understand the language of the body.

  5. Often times, what people say and their actions can be entirely, in this instance, it is more reliable to trust the latter.

  6. Furthermore, words are pretty easy to forget, while actions are harder to forget because they have a physical effect on people and the world around them.

  7. Words can be altered and twisted to fit whatever meaning we wish and for what is convenient at the time, but actions are set in stone.

  1. Good first sentence. Take out “First of all,” and it will have a smoother beginning.

  2. Very good point and good transition

  3. Did you mean “someone” rather than “some”?

  4. Instead of “the language of the body” say “their body language”

  5. Did you mean “entirely different” instead of just “entirely”

  6. Take out “pretty”. It may help to say “more impressionable” instead of “harder to forget”

  7. Good ending. Watch out for wordiness.

Body Paragraph #2

  1. Actions, compared to words, are concrete and have an everlasting impression.

  2. Words are meaningless without tangible evidence that proves what a person says.

  3. By this, a person may express claims, or go as far as threaten another person, to place inspiration or fear in them, but their statements are not qualified unless they go through with what was said.

  4. Examples of this can be found in the politics, local communities, and everyday life.

  5. The new and current President of the United States, Donald Trump, told the public that one of his plans for the country would include immigration bans.

  6. After the election was over, Trump pulled back from those.

  7. However, President Trump recently took action and his immigration ban temporarily prevents people and refugees from predominantly Muslims countries from entering the United States.

  8. His actions showed the world that he would keep and this helps people understand how actions must be followed through in order to get the meaning of what one says.

  1. I would add the word relatively before compared to add smoothness.

  2. Maybe try a transition since this is the 2nd body paragraph. This will make it a smoother transition and will make the paragraphs relate to each other.

  3. Qualified is a term that suggests that they do not have authority to do or say something. I do not believe that qualified is the correct word to be using in this sentence I would try a word like meaningful, or worth anything.

  4. Restate what this is because you don’t want the reader to misunderstand what the this actually is.

  5. I would remove “that” because it adds nothing to the sentence.

  6. You don’t need to add was over because you already said ¨After¨. I would replace those with the immigration bans to reaffirm what Trump did (he went back on his word). Maybe add in how Trump went back on his word and therefore shows how words mean nothing without actions to back them up.

  7. Replace “his” with “the”

  8. You need to add words after “keep” because it makes no sense. I would say in order to get a true representation on what the person stands for.

Opposition/Refutation Paragraph

  1. Actions while powerful still are matched and to some overwritten by words.

  2. Words have the power to build nations or tear them apart.

  3. Additionally, words can be spread by means of mass communication while without words actions would only be seen by those present at the time that the action was done.

  4. However, while words are able to be communicated if no action ever took place than words would not matter and people will always be able to tell others of the events they witnessed.

  5. Words additionally have a unique way of inspiring people.

  6. By putting people in others shoes and having them understand what it is like to be in other situations people were in.

  7. Additionally, words have the power to warn an audience of what may become our future if we don’t take action.

  8. While all of these points are valid, the world is not built purely on words.

  9. After all when words exist conflict arises that only action has the power to end.

  10. In conclusion, while an argument can be made that words are stronger than actions without actions the world would not be able to make the necessary steps that are needed to have the world be where it is today.

  1. This sentence does not exactly flow without commas. Try “Actions, while powerful, are matched or overwritten by words.” Why did you choose “overwritten”?

  2. Oh I like this sentence

  3. Good transition. Take out “without words”

  4. Add a comma after the word “communicated” and after “place” and change “than” to “then”.

  5. Use a different word than “additionally”. Perhaps use “also”

  6. I would cut out this sentence. It does not seem necessary. More like fluff.

  7. You used “additionally” already. Use a different transition is you can, please.

  8. Good point. You finally used a comma.

  9. After “after all” add a comma.

  10. Add a comma after the first “action”.

Conclusion Paragraph

  1. All things considered, actions give meaning to your words, create results, and ultimately have the power to influence people more than words.

  2. It’s important to follow through with actions so that the things you do are coherent with the things you say.

  3. Otherwise, your words are futile and ineffective.

  4. Actions also create results and essentially influence people more than words.

  5. If you had to choose between showing your love or saying I love you, which one would make more of an impact?

  1. Sounds good to me

  2. Put in “your” after “with”

  3. I like this

  4. Replace essentially with directly

  5. Maybe instead of asking an open ended question, tell the audience which one matters more

Final Draft

        A common proverb is ¨Actions speak louder than words¨. This phrase means that words are meaningless without actions. Actions give purpose to your words because people say and make promises but have no intentions on keeping them. Acting according to your word will allow people to be more inspired and will most likely draw people to you. For instance, a candidate who honors his word will more likely be chosen over a candidate who doesn’t. Lastly, without actions, there are no results. So therefore, actions give meanings to your words, people are most likely to be inspired by someone who honors their word, and without actions there are no results.

        In today’s world, everyone has the freedom to say anything that he or she wishes to say. However, this does not mean that everything we say is truthful and should be taken literally. When someone declares something magnificent that they wish to achieve, how many of them actually take steps towards this goal. To truly discover who someone is, one must understand their body language and how they act. Often times, what people say and their actions can be entirely different, in this instance, it is more reliable to trust the latter. Furthermore, words are easier to forget, while actions are harder to forget because they have a more lasting physical effect on people and the world around them.


        Actions, compared to words, are concrete and have an everlasting impression. Words are meaningless without tangible evidence that proves what a person says. By this, a person may express claims, or go as far as threaten another person, to place inspiration or fear in them, but their statements are less meaningful unless they go through with what was said. Examples of this can be found in the politics, local communities, and everyday life. The new and current President of the United States, Donald Trump, told the public one of his plans for the country would include immigration bans. After the election was over, Trump pulled back from those. However, President Trump recently took action and the immigration ban temporarily prevents people and refugees from predominantly Muslims countries from entering the United States. His actions showed the world that he would keep his word and this helps people understand how actions must be followed through in order to get the meaning of what one says.

        Actions, while powerful, still are matched and to some overwritten by words. Words have the power to build nations or tear them apart. Additionally, words can be spread by means of mass communication while actions would only be seen by those present at the time that the action was done. However, while words are able to be communicated, if no action ever took place, then words would not matter and people will always be able to tell others of the events they witnessed. Words also have a unique way of inspiring people. Furthermore, words have the power to warn an audience of what may become our future if we don’t take action. While all of these points are valid, the world is not built purely on words. After all, when words exist conflict arises that only action has the power to end. In conclusion, while an argument can be made that words are stronger than actions, without actions the world would not be able to make the necessary steps that are needed to have the world be where it is today.

        All things considered, actions give meaning to your words, create results, and ultimately have the power to influence people more than words. It’s important to follow through with actions so that the things you do are coherent with the things you say. Otherwise, your words are futile and ineffective. Actions also create results and essentially influence people more than words. If you had to choose between showing your love or saying I love you, which one would make more of an impact?

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