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INFORMATIVE SPEECH OUTLINE FORMAT

Student’s Name:

Date:

Topic: Title that suggests the topic of your speech

General Purpose: To inform

Specific Purpose: Your specific purpose identifies the information you want to

communicate in the mode you have chosen.

Thesis: The central idea of your speech.

I. Introduction

A. Attention Getter: Something that grabs the attention of the audience.

Examples of this: startling statistics, stories,

rhetorical questions, quotations, scenarios, etc. This

point should be more than one sentence long.

B. Reason to Listen: Why should the audience listen to your speech?

Make it personal to each of them.

C. Thesis Statement: Exact same statement as above.

D. Credibility Statement:

1. What personally connects you to this topic?

2. What type of research have you done to establish credibility?

E. Preview of Main Points: (this preview should reinforce the mode you have selected)

1. First, I will describe …

2. Second, I will examine …

3. Third, I will discuss…

II. Restate thesis, exact statement as above.

A. Statement of the first main point; you should not use a source in this sentence.

1. Idea of development or support for the first main point

a. Support material (ex: statistics, quotation, etc.- cite source)

b. Support material (ex:



References: Ballard, R. (1988). Exploring the Titanic. Toronto, Ontario: Madison Press Books. Kramer, P. (1998). Women first: ‘Titanic’ (1997), action adventure films and Hollywood’s female audience Lord, W. (1955). A night to remember. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company. Lynch, D. (1992). Titanic: An illustrated history. New York, New York: Hyperion. Marsh, E. (1997). James Cameron’s Titanic. New York, New York: Harper Perennial. Thresh, P. (1992). Titanic: The truth behind the disaster. New York, New York: Crescent Books. Tibbals, G. (1997). The Titanic: The extraordinary story of the “unsinkable” ship.

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