Composing the Written Part of the Oral Presentation
Many instructors assign oral presentations as part of the assigned work for various subjects. The instructor wants to see how well a student can take an idea and put it into a presentation. The planning part of an oral presentation is similar to writing an essay. An oral presentation includes choosing a topic, researching, writing parts of the presentation, and then giving the oral presentation. This essay looks at writing the written part of the presentation. First, create a good introduction to the topic. Use an anecdote or quote a statistic. On the other hand, use a thought-provoking question or share an appropriate quotation. Any of these are hooks or attention getting devices and should be used to begin the introductory paragraph. Next, state the thesis. What is the purpose of the oral presentation? What are the main points? Create a thesis that summarizes what you plan to do during the presentation. Why is the topic important? Why have you chosen this subject for a presentation? The thesis should be similar to a road map in that it states the purpose of the presentation, the importance of the topic, and the main points. Now, organize and support the main points in the body section of the written presentation. Explain or describe each part of the topic so that the audience understands what is being said and why it is important. Any of these methods can be used: order of importance, chronological order, compare/contrast/cause and effect, or problem/solution. How do you plan to present the information during the oral presentation? Use a similar format for the written presentation. Finally, the conclusion of the written part of the presentation should briefly summarize the main points and then give a take-away value or something for the readers to think about after reading the written part of the presentation. This can be done through making a bold persuasive statement or asking a question. A good conclusion...
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