Speech Thesis Development

Speech Thesis Development - Speech Thesis Development I....

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Speech Thesis Development I. The first step in developing a speech is evolving a thesis statement. A. Select a General Topic 1. A topic is a group of considerations, arguments, subjects a speaker may draw from. 2. The best topic is something a speaker feels passionate about. B. Select a General Purpose 1. A purpose is the object for which the speech is given. 2. Three purposes are available for speeches: a. To inform – the object is for the audience to know more, have a greater understanding. b. To persuade – the object is for the audience to do something with the knowledge. The speaker wants the audience to behave differently, to do something. c. To entertain – the object is for the audience to feel good about the topic, speaker, etc. C. Select a Specific Topic 1. The general topic must be narrowed down to be handled within the time limit of the speech. 2. The speaker should ask himself/herself what is it specifically that I want the audience to know about this topic. 3. Modifiers (adjectives & prepositional phrases can be used to narrow the topic. D. State the Basic Thesis 1. The thesis is a complete statement about the topic. If you were asked to state what your speech is about in one sentence, the answer would be the thesis statement. a. Use an active verb. b. Make one statement only. c. Don’t word it in a question. E. State the Complete Thesis 1. The speaker asks “How” or “Why” after the stating the Basic Thesis? The answer is the Complete Thesis. II. Example A. General Topic – Hunting B. General Purpose – To Inform C. Specific Topic – Headhunting in the Amazon Valley D. Basic Thesis – “Headhunting in the Amazon Valley captivates tourists!” E. Complete Thesis – Headhunting in the Amazon Valley captivates tourists. 1. by providing adventure such as; a. seeing new terrain b. meeting primitive cultures c. being exposed to danger. III. This obviously results in a basic outline for your speech and any information or support that is covered within this outline would be appropriate.
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A. The most crucial portion of a speech is the work done on evolving a thesis. If done properly, success is practically guaranteed. IV. The next step in preparing a speech is to choose an organizational pattern. There are five common patterns used in class. A. Topical Pattern – the speech topic is divided into topics and subtopics. 1. It is the easiest to use and the most popular. B. Chronological Pattern – is used when the topic can be divided historically or chronologically. C. Step Pattern – is used for “how to” topics.
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2011 for the course COMM 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Boise State.

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