Informative Speech Assignment #1: Full-Sentence Outline

Com101: Dr. Barnett

Informative Speech Assignment #1: Full-Sentence Outline


The Full-Sentence Outline is a complete version of the speech in outline form.  The full-sentence outline asks you to select an informative speech topic, write a specific purpose statement, develop a thesis statement with information, organize main points using a recommended speech design, develop the main points with supporting material, cite sources using public speaking style, create an introduction, create a conclusion, add transitions, identify when and what type of visual aids will be presented, and document sources cited in APA Style.

The full-sentence outline is not a manuscript from which to memorize or read your speech.   The purpose of the full-sentence outline is to ensure thorough and coherent development of your speech from proposal to presentation.

Steps to develop a Full-Sentence Outline

  1. Determine/write your topic (No how-to or demonstration speeches)
  2. Determine/write your general purpose, and determine/write your specific purpose statement.
  3. Determine/write your thesis statement.
  4. Construct/write main points.
  5. Determine/write your organizational pattern.
  6. Develop/write your main points with supporting material.
    1. Have at least 2 sub-points for each main point
  7. Use a three tier outline
  8. Cite Sources using APA format in the Body of the speech outline to document information.
    1. Include five academic sources.
    2. Citing Sources in the Introduction Attention-Getter or Conclusion Clincher do NOT count towards the grading requirement.
    3. Only one quote per source; paraphrase additional quotes.
  1. Add an introduction; include an attention getter, your thesis statement, your credibility, and a preview of your main points.
  2. Add a conclusion; include a signal for the conclusion, a review of the main points, a restatement of the thesis, and a clincher.
  3. Add transitions to the speech outline
  4. Add visual aid notes to the speech outline
  5. Create the references page using APA Style at the end of the outline
  1. Review and proofread your speech content, organization, and outline