SAMPLE OUTLINE

Specific Purpose: The single infinitive phrase that states both the topic and purpose of the speech
Example: To inform my audience about the three major causes of lung cancer.

Central Idea: The thesis of the speech- the main idea or ideas you wish to convey to your audience
Example: The three major causes of lung cancer include family history, unhealthy living habits, and exposure to harmful toxins.

 

Introduction
The introduction is a short paragraph that grabs the attention of the audience and overviews the major points that will be discussed during the speech.

 

I.                    Family History (Major Point)

A.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

B.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

 

II.                 Unhealthy Living Habits (Major Point)

A.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

B.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

C.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

D.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

 

 

 

III.               Exposure to Harmful Toxins (Major Point)

A.    Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

B.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

1.      Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

2.   Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

3.      Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

4.      Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points
 

C.     Sub point that supports or further illustrates the major point

               1. Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

               2. Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

               3. Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

               4. Additional points that support of further illustrate the sub points

 

Conclusion
The conclusion is a short paragraph that reviews and summarizes the major points discussed during the speech. The conclusion also serves as the speakers opportunity to leave a lasting impression on the audience.