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Ch 26: Praxis English: Organizing a Speech

About This Chapter

Watch engaging video lessons and take practice quizzes on speech organization to prepare for the Praxis English Language Arts - Content & Analysis exam.

Praxis English: Organizing a Speech - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you review main ideas, organization and supporting materials in speeches and presentations. These engaging video lessons and interactive quizzes will assist you in answering questions in the writing, speaking and listening category of the Praxis English Language Arts - Content & Analysis exam. By the end of the chapter, you will have covered the following topics:

  • Why speech organization is important for both the speaker and the audience
  • Developing and identifying the main ideas of a speech
  • Selecting and developing supporting ideas for a speech
  • Organizational patterns for informative and persuasive speeches
  • Using supporting materials in speeches

The topics in this chapter are broken down into bite-size video lessons lasting about five minutes apiece. Each lesson comes with a full video transcript that you can use to follow along or as a tool for review. Test your knowledge after each lesson with our self-assessment quizzes.

Praxis English: Organizing a Speech Chapter Objectives

The Praxis English exam is a requirement in many states to teach secondary English classes in pubic schools. The lessons in this chapter are designed to help you with questions on the writing, speaking and listening portion of the test, which makes up approximately 41% of the test. Speech organization questions in this test section will assess your ability to present information clearly, logically and concisely. These questions will be selected-response, and may include multiple-selection, passage selection, order/match, table/grid and video/audio response in addition to standard single-answer, multiple-choice questions.

6 Lessons in Chapter 26: Praxis English: Organizing a Speech
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Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

1. Speech Organization: Importance to Speaker & Audience

In speech writing, it is important to keep the information organized, which demonstrates credibility and makes the speech easier to comprehend. It starts with the main idea, the speech body and a compelling conclusion.

Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

2. Developing & Selecting the Main Ideas of a Speech

The objective of a good speech is to persuade, inform or entertain an audience. To accomplish this, one must have a specific purpose for the speech. This is the main idea or thesis statement and it must be prevalent throughout the speech.

Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

3. Supporting Ideas of a Speech: Development, Selection and Characteristics

When used appropriately, supporting ideas will help strengthen your speech and persuade your audience by giving it the depth needed to add clarity and credibility to your claims.

Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

4. Patterns of Organization for Informative Speeches

Informational speeches are designed to inform an audience about a topic. The information should be organized so it is clear, logical and easy to understand and follow. The pattern of organization depends greatly on the information presented.

Patterns of Organization for Persuasive Speeches

5. Patterns of Organization for Persuasive Speeches

Organizing information for a persuasive speech will help to convince your audience of your point and keeps information flowing in a logical order. This can be done using a problem/solution order or Monroe's motivated sequence pattern.

How to Work Supporting Materials into Your Speech

6. How to Work Supporting Materials into Your Speech

A good speech should include supporting materials from secondary sources to back up claims made within the speech. They add credibility and also provide the audience with a way to research more about the topic.

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