Speech Preparation Outline


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Student name: ______


(Your outline must be neat and legible, and each line should contain a complete sentence)



General Purpose: To Inform



Specific Purpose: By the end of my speech, the audience will know…



Central Idea: [3 main points]


  1. Introduction

    1. Attention-getter/Grabber: [write out in-full: quote, story, statement, statistic etc].____________
    2. Thesis Sentence______________________________________________________________

Preview of Main Points (these exact words will be used to recap/summarize).  Today we will discuss: [If your main points are on your poster, point to them. Otherwise, count on your fingers]

  1. First_________________________________________________
  2. Next _________________________________
  3. And finally, ___________________
  1. Credibility Step: “Much of the information I’m going to share with you today came from…”
    [cite sources in abbreviated form] ________________________________________________
  1. Body

    1. (1st main point) _______________________________________________________________
      1. ___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      2. ­___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      3. ___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      4. (transitional statement): _______________________________
    2. (2nd main point) _______________________________________________________________
      1. ___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      2. ­___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      3. ___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      4. (transitional statement): _______________________________
    3. (3rd main point) _______________________________________________________________
      1. ___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      2. ­___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      3. ___________________________________ [supporting material] __________________
      4. (transitional statement): _______________________________


  • Conclusion

    1. Restate thesis and recap/review/summarize main points (the exact words used to preview)
      1. First [] _________________________________________________
      2. Next _________________________________
      3. And finally, ________________________________
    2. Clincher/Memorable Statement


Visual Aid: Please describe your visual aid here.


Works Cited: (list at least three, but no more than five sources in APA or MLA Form in alphabetical order).











*****Remember, your outline will be graded on the following:


Outline Grading Rubric


-Thesis & Preview

-Credibility in Intro


-Recap & Conclusion

-Visual Aid (please describe your visual aid near at the bottom of your outline)

-Cited sources in outline

-Research Quality (3-5 quality sources)

-Use correct outline format (Roman numerals, etc.)

-Use APA or MLA


Speech Delivery Grading Rubric

-Eye contact


-Vocal variety


-Time limit (4-5 minutes)



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