Objectives and Outline

Organizing and Outlining

By Joshua Trey Barnett
University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After reading this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Select a topic appropriate to the audience and occasion.
  • Formulate a specific purpose statement that identifies precisely what you will do in your speech.
  • Craft a thesis statement that clearly and succinctly summarizes the argument you will make in your speech.
  • Identify and arrange the main points of your speech according to one of many organizational styles discussed in this chapter.
  • 
Connect the points of your speech to one another.
  • Create a preparation and speaking outline for your speech.

Chapter Outline

  • Introduction
  • The Topic, Purpose, and Thesis
    • Selecting a Topic
    • Formulating a Purpose Statement
    • Writing a Thesis Statement
  • Writing the Body of Your Speech
    • Selecting Main Points
    • Selecting Sub-points
  • Organizational Styles
    • Chronological
    • Topical
    • Spatial
    • Comparative
    • Problem-Solution
    • Causal
  • Connecting Your Main Points
    • Transitional Statements
    • Internal Previews
    • Summaries
  • Outlining Your Speech
    • Outline Types
    • Outline Structure
    • Preparation Outline
    • Speaking Outline
    • Using the Outline
  • Conclusion
  • Module Activities
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Appendix A
  • Appendix B