Presentation on theme: "Articulating Your Purpose. General Speaking Purposes To inform: describe, clarify, explain, define To invite: explore, interact, exchange To persuade:"— Presentation transcript:
Articulating Your Purpose
General Speaking Purposes To inform: describe, clarify, explain, define To invite: explore, interact, exchange To persuade: change, shape, influence, motivate To introduce: acquaint, present, familiarize To commemorate: praise, honor, pay tribute To accept: receive an award, express gratitude
Specific Speaking Purposes Once you determine your general purpose, you must then determine what exactly you want to communicate to your audience. State your specific speaking purpose clearly. Keep your audience in the forefront of your mind.
Stating Your Thesis A thesis statement summarizes in a single declarative sentence the main ideas, assumptions, or arguments you want to express in your speech.
Go to: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinioneditorials http://www.latimes.com/news/opinioneditorials *read “Fat Frannie and Freddie” and “The U.N.’s Meatless Drive” Write what you believe to be the specific statement of purpose and central idea/thesis statement. Do the writers offer clear statements of purpose? Is a clear thesis identifiable in each opinion? How might the writing have been improved?
Topic prompts: ice cream, peace, substance abuse, poverty, John McCain, Barak Obama Sample topic: Chocolate Sample Purpose: To inform my audience of how chocolate is derived from cocoa beans.
General Purpose: Specific Purpose: Thesis Statement: