As you are beginning to submit your outlines, do not forget:
You need 4 sources. Where did you get your information from? Head knowledge or things you “just already know” is not enough. Make sure it is in APA format. You can check your formatting with this website: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/reference_list_author_authors.html
Follow the proper structure of an outline. Use your text to help. This video may provide some clarification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQf-Gluczk4 “Speech Outlining”
Do not leave on the labels “Main Point 1, Supporting Idea 1, etc.” Delete the labels and leave your content.
Only use 12 font, Times New Roman or Arial.
Informative Topic: Informative Speech is one whose goal is to explain or describe facts, truths, and principles in a way that facilitates understanding. They are designed to educate audiences. They do not talk about controversial topics such as the death penalty or abortion. Informative Speeches do not take sides on a topic. Informative Speeches only do one thing: they inform.
TIPS: Each item must be written in a complete sentence. Avoid short phrases and single words. Each item, including your roman numerals, must be written in a complete sentence that is grammatically correct.
Your Informative Outline must be submitted as a MS Word or PDF attachment. Pages or Google Docs are not compatible with Blackboard. Please feel free to use the following outline templates to help you with your outline.
This outline worksheet can be used for all organizational patterns:
Thesis Statement/Central Idea:
Introduction (Attention grabber; Relation Statement; Qualifications (if needed), Thesis Statement; Preview/Forecast):
Body (usually 2-4 main points):
Conclusion (Signal ending (Summarize main points; Specify what the audience should do or think; Action/appeal/lasting statement):
Gadgets I love most
My favorite food
Medicines from nature
The history of your favorite musical group
How to perform a magic trick
The intelligence of dolphins
Interesting world records
Favorite TV Shows
Choosing a digital camera
Choosing the right tires for your car
The most dangerous jobs
The trucking industry
Basic first aid
Ice cream making
What to do on spring break?
How to make an income while a student
The basics of financial aid
Some inexpensive places to take your date
How to survive freshman year
How to take the GRE
Great vacation bargains for students
What to do in your senior year
Moving out of the dorm to an apartment off campus
Importance of vitamins and minerals.
Women in the military.
Herbs as medicine.
Standard Speech Outline Format
Thesis: Your main assertion or idea; the core of your speech.
Specific Purpose: What you hope to achieve from this speech
Gain Attention of Audience
Orient the audience to your topic
Supporting Idea #1___________________________________
Supporting Idea #2___________________________________
Supporting Idea #3___________________________________
Topic Sentence for Supporting Idea #1______________________
Topic Sentence for Supporting Idea #2_____________________
Topic Sentence for Supporting Idea #3
Conclusion/Restatement of Thesis_________________________
Powerful Concluding Sentence
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