Chapter 8: Organizing and Outlining
By Joshua Trey Barnett
University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN
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.
- 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
- Connecting Your Main Points
- Transitional Statements
- Internal Previews
- Outlining Your Speech
- Outline Types
- Outline Structure
- Preparation Outline
- Speaking Outline
- Using the Outline
- Module Activities
- Appendix A
- Appendix B