Purpose: To inform or educate the audience about a topic of your choice.
Time: 4-6 minutes
Topic: Choose a topic that interests you and would probably interest your audience (the class). Consider what your audience already knows about this topic and what their attitude about this topic will be. Do not inform us of something we already know tons about. You may not choose something that could be done as a demonstration speech.
- You must inform the audience of a topic you have researched. - You must use at least one visual aid (chart, diagram, object, poster, models, pictures, audio/visual aids, etc…), but NOT Power Point. - You must prepare a typed outline, to be turned in right before you present. - You must orally cite at least three published or copyrighted sources as support. - You must type a Works Cited of your sources to be turned in with your outline. - You cannot use blogs, twitter, or Wikipedia as a source – only use Wikipedia to look for other sources (external links and to help you structure or organize your speech) - You may use only ONE note card (3x5) – keywords or phrases only! - Do NOT write out your entire speech word for word on the note card or the outline!
Practice your speech with your visual aid!
*You must have teacher approval for your topic, and you will not present the same topic as another student.
Informative Speech Topics
(you do not have to choose from this list)
1. Strange Allergies
2. An Illness or Disease
4. An Amusement Park
5. A Classic or Sports Car
6. Rock Climbing
7. An Exotic Pet
8. A Charity Group or Organization
9. The Bermuda Triangle
10. Extreme Sports (Bungee Jumping, Skydiving, etc…)
11. Your Favorite or Dream Vacation Spot
12. A Famous Magician
13. A Famous Sports Star
14. Feng Shui
15. Formula 1 or NASCAR Racing.
16. The History of Your Favorite Video Game System
17. A Famous Singer
18. Strange Phobias
19. Horse Breeds
20. Your Culture
21. The History of Paris
22. Turkey Run State Park
23. The Lost City of Atlantis
24. The Necessity of Cellular Phones
25. Hurricane Katrina
26. The Loch Ness Monster
27. Your Favorite Actor
28. The Islands of Hawaii
29. The Amber Alert System
30. Historical Landmarks
31. Conner Prairie
32. Online Dating
33. A Career You’re Interested In
34. Greek Mythology
Topic Organization Examples
(person, place, thing, or event)
Topic: Michael Jackson
Chronological (Time) –
Thesis/Preview: From a humble suburban beginning to the bright lights and chaos that is a celebrity’s life, today I am going to tell you all about the interesting life and death of Michael Jackson.
I. Youth - 1960 – early 1970s
II. Young Adulthood – mid 1970s – 1990s
III. Adulthood – 1990-2009
Climactic (Topical) –
Thesis/Preview: Today, I am going to discuss the beginning of the fabulous musical makings from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson: his work with the Jackson 5, his first solo album Off the Wall, and his hit album Thriller.
I. The Jackson 5
II. 1st Solo Album - Off The Wall
III. 2nd Solo Album - Thriller
Thesis/Preview: Today, I am going to discuss all the places Michael Jackson has called home: Gary, Indiana. His Neverland Ranch in LA, and his traveling homes with his children.
I. Family Home - Gary, IN
II. Neverland Ranch Home - Los Angeles, CA
III. Traveling Homes - London, England, LA, & Persian Gulf island of Bahrain
Chronological (Time) –
Thesis/Preview: Today, I will inform you about the interesting history and development of Jamaica from the 14th century through today.
I.Pre-Columbus Jamaica (prior to 1494)
II.Spanish Conquest (1494-1655)
III.European Slave Economy (1655-1838)
IV. After Emancipation (1838-1938)