For your social movement research project, you will create an outline in preparation for your presentation. An outline is different than an essay. It helps you organize your thoughts and research materials.
You will use alpha-numeric (I,II, III.. A, B, C… 1, 2, 3..etc) and subordination (putting smaller points intended below bigger ideas). I will post an example for you in this module.
The organizational pattern you will be using for your persuasive speech is below:
Attention getter/Hook: You want to start by grabbing the audience’s attention. This is the hook! Consider offering a compelling quote from one of the movement leaders. You can also offer an anecdote or short story related to your movement. You might also provide a fact or statistic that sheds light on the scale or scope of the program the movement was responding to. You might also share a surprising fact about the group. This should be really short. If you were giving a verbal delivery of the hook, it would take less than 20 seconds.
Thesis statement: This is where you include your thesis statement, your thesis statement is the claim you want your audience to accept. Your entire speech supports it. So, for example, let’s say it is 2018 and I want to convince my audience to vote “yes” on Prop. 64 Marijuana Legalization Initiative. You may also want to give a two-three sentence intro to the prop here.
Preview: List the three main reasons people should support/oppose the proposition. The preview should be short. Try to find short phrases that capture the main idea of each main point. You don’t need to develop the main points here, you will get to that. Your preview ideally is one sentence long.
Main Point #1: Introduce the first main point using the same language you used in the preview. Develop the main point using stories, facts, examples.
Transition: Now that we have covered ________ (use similar language to what you used in the preview to describe the first main point), we will move on to ____________ (use similar language to what you used in the preview to describe the second main point).
Reason 2: Introduce your second main point using the same language you used in the preview. Develop the main point using stories, facts, examples.
Transition: Now that we have covered ________ (use similar language to what you used in the preview to describe the second main point), we will move on to ____________ (use similar language to what you used in the preview to describe the third main point).
Reason 3: Introduce your third main point using the same language you used in the preview. Develop the main point using stories, facts, examples.
Restate your main points: Briefly repeat your three main points so the audience can remember what you covered.
Closure: End your speech with something memorable. You may want to end it with quotes related to your topic. You may want to end by sharing something about the legacy of the group or protest you covered. You maybe also want to insert your own perspective or something you learned here. Make it short! After restating your main points, the audience will be primed to expect you to end soon. Have a short and sweet closure will signal to the audience you are done! You won’t have to awkwardly say, “that’s it” or “that’s the end.”
Works Cited (List sources used in APA or MLA)
Includes all parts of the outline template (above) & subordination used to show logical relationship of sub-points and supporting materials to main points (supporting ideas come under the ideas they support, supporting ideas are indented)
Includes at least three separate source citations, this is where you mention evidence you found and tell us where it came from, this can also include quotes, check out How do I cite sources in a speech?
Uses long phrases. Someone with no knowledge of your topic should be able to read your outline and understand it. This means that short phrases to signify ideas will be too short.
Works Cited Do not forget to include a works cited list in MLA or APA (your choice). You must use a minimum of three, credible sources, but you are welcome to use more. You can use something you saw in a video or in Lynn’s presentation.
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