The Information Speech Outline

• Since you are a college student, you should by now know how to prepare an outline.

• This assignment asks you to prepare a typed or word-processed one-page outline for your information speech. Your outline should be divided into three main sections, one for your speech's introduction, one for its body, and one for its conclusion.

• In the "A) Introduction" section, you should indicate which of the nine "Techniques for Speech Introduction" you plan to use, and how you plan to use it. (If you're going to use some other technique, indicate what that is and how you plan to use it.) You should give me an idea of what you plan to say, but don't use complete sentences that would be writing a script, and I've already explained to you that you shouldn't write a script for your speech.

• In the "B) Body" section, you should list the 3-5 main facts you intend to present to your audience. They should be numbered, they should appear in the order in which you plan to say them in your speech, and they should not be presented in complete sentences. Indicate your oral citations in parentheses after the corresponding facts, but remember that, when you're delivering your speech (both in rehearsal and in class), you should say your citations before the corresponding facts. (Remember also that oral citations must include both an indication of the source and an indication of the recency and may require a qualifier in addition to the indicators of source and recency.)

• In the "C) Conclusion" section, you should indicate how you intend to end your speech. I recommend that you conclude by telling your audience how to get more information about your topic, but that's not required. However you plan to conclude, your outline should indicate that without using complete sentences.

• This assignment will not be graded. It will, however, be collected on the first day of our round of information speeches. It must be typed or word-processed. Handwritten outlines will not be accepted. If you don't turn in a typed or word-processed outline on the first day of the speech round, you will not be given an opportunity to do the speech, your grade for the speech will be zero, and you won't be able to make it up. When I grade the organization portion of your speech, one of the things I'll be look for is whether or not you successfully stuck to the ideas and order indicated by the outline. The more you stick to your outline, the higher the organization portion of your grade will be.

• As always, you're welcome to consult with me about the assignment before it's due, and I'll be happy to help you. For this project, though, it won't work well for us to consult via email. The way to get me to help you is to show up in my office with a typed or word-processed draft of your outline, so that we can go over it together.


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