informative speech outline

Informative Presentation



Increases understanding
Educational  value

Topic intro

Clear progression of ideas
Adequate explanations
Internal Summaries
     –Explicit Signposts
Effective pattern/unity
Within time limits

Cited adequately
Effective use of Audio-Visual Aid
(optional, not required)
VOCAL DELIVERY               

Conversational quality
Eye contact
Vocal volume
Use of gestures
Use of notecards
     (key words/no reading)
Audience involvement
Summarized main points
Effective “punch”

Specific Purpose Statement
Central Idea Statement
Full sentence outline
Correct symbolization
Effective subordination of ideas
Effective transitions
Bibliography/Sources (3 required)
     –quality resources
     –correctly cited



Presentation Grade: 
[100 points possible]

Outline Grade:
[50 points possible]







INTRODUCTION (Attention Getter, Thesis, Preview of 1-2 Main Points):    

In this section your will start with an attention getter (a joke, a quote, a short story, etc.)

Then you will need to clearly state a thesis (“Today I will spend a few minutes introducing myself to you” – or something similar).

Your speech should have 1-2 main points that give the listener an idea of who you are (an important moment in your life, your life goals, etc.). In the introduction, you’ll need to preview them (“I will begin by telling you about my favorite childhood experience and I will end by describing how that experience made me want to be a doctor.”)


TRANSITION (Now that I’ve introduced you to my speech, I will now talk about…” [whatever your first main point is])


MAIN BODY (1-2 Main Points): 

A. Main Point #1 (Your main points are the main ideas of your speech. They are the ideas necessary in supporting/proving/explaining your thesis. Using the example above, your main point would be your favorite childhood experience. You would then develop it in the subpoints). 

1. Subpoint #1 (The subpoints are the breakdown of the main point into smaller units. They usually are your examples, narratives, statistics, testimony, etc. In other words, the subpoints explain the main points. Feel free to modify this (add more subpoints if needed, just be consistent with how many you have in your main points. If you have 3 subpoints in your first main point, you’ll need 3 subpoints in your second main point.). 

    2. Subpoint #2:  


(Transition into Main Point 2 — Now that we have covered __________, let’s move to __________. Again, use a more creative approach if you’d like! Just remember that your transitions need to review your last point AND preview your next point. They show a connection and are a good time to remind the audience why this information is important.)


 B. Main Point #2

           1. Subpoint #1:

             2. Subpoint #2:


TRANSITION (Now that I’ve introduced you to myself, I will conclude:) 


CONCLUSION (Summarize what you’ve talked about (review your 1-2 main points) and end with a final statement)  





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