Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern


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Jessie is using a word processor to create her speech outline. She uses the following outline formatting:

I. Main Point 1

1. Sub-Point

A. Sub Sub-Point

2. Sub-Point

A. Sub Sub-Point

a.Supporting Material

b. Supporting Material

B.Sub Sub-Point

3. Sub-Point

II.Main Point 2

Is there anything wrong with this formatting?

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1. Where do transition sentences appear in your speech?


Sarah is creating an outline using a topical organization pattern. Her speech is about different types of transportation. Here's what she has so far:

I. Introduction

II. Main Points: Types of Transportation

a. Cars

b. Trains

c. Planes

III. Conclusion

Analyze her outline and identify any problems with what Sarah has created.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and attached worksheet to help you gauge your understanding of outlining a speech. You will also need to know specific topics, like outline formatting and transition sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these study tools to help you to:

  • Understand topical organization patterns
  • Realize the components of an introduction
  • Determine the components of a conclusion

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz will address the following:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on outlining a speech
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the conclusion and introduction
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about components of a speech

Additional Learning

Looking for more information on how to properly outline a speech? Here is a lesson to help you with that. The lesson is called Outlining a Speech: Standard Form & Organization Pattern, and it covers the following objectives:

  • Define preparation outline
  • Understand how to format a speech
  • Identify other organizational patterns