Using an Outline Template
Prepare detailed and well-planned outlines
In this writing assignment, you will practice creating an outline based on a template.
A one- to two-page (250- to 500-word) outline and reference list.
Step 1 Review the process of outline creation.
Review the information that discusses creating outlines. In particular, study the section that describes full-sentence preparation outlines, their elements, and how to create them.
Step 2 Review a Topic you chose from a past assignment.
Review the assignment in which you selected a speech topic, wrote a thesis statement, identified a question based on the thesis statement, and identified at least three main points.
Step 3 Select a Pattern of Organization.
Based on your knowledge of patterns of organizing speech information, select a pattern of organization to use to create an outline for your speech.
Step 4 Locate and open a template outline that matches the speech pattern that you chose.
- Search for speech template outlines online and locate one you wish to use.
- Copy the template outline, and paste it into your word processing document.
Step 5 Enter Identifying Data.
Enter the Identifying Data for your speech:
- General Purpose
- Specific Purpose
Step 6 Create an outline.
Using the template, create a full sentence, formal outline for your speech. Follow the guidelines presented in the lesson for using a consistent set of symbols, using full declarative sentences, and entering transitions within square brackets.
Step 7 Create a reference list.
Include any and all sources you use to locate information for your formal outline.