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1 Personal Speech Outline

2 Organizing Your Speech
While this speech is not as formal as the persuasive speech you gave last year in English III, it still needs structure to make your focus clear. Your speech should follow the outline I am about to give you.

3 SPEECH OUTLINE FORMAT Introduction: Hook or Attention Getter:
Think about what makes an interesting hook for a personal speech. (Starting with a question is probably not your best, nor most interesting option.) Here are some other options: Use a “teaser” statement: “I thought the summer of 2012 would be the best summer of my life. Little did I know…” New Twist on the Familiar: Take a common story, quote, saying, or anecdote and change it. “To eat or not to eat, that is the question.”

4 Introduction Continued
Background Information: Give your audience a little background information about your speech topic. How old were you? Where were you? What year was it? etc. Give just enough information to create context for your audience, but not too much that you give the information away. Focus Sentence: In one sentence tell your audience what the purpose of the speech will be. Think of this like a thesis statement, but without an argument.

5 Body Create the specific setting for your audience members.
Use imagery and details to help paint a picture for your audience. Appeal to all five senses so your audience can imagine your setting. Give a detailed list of plot events for your story. Build the rising action of your plot. Make sure you include all details that lead up to the climax of your story. Make sure you give details that make your story relatable to your audience. RELATABLE = INTERESTING Make sure your audience is aware of the climax of your story. Make sure the way you describe this portion of your story creates the type of emotion you want in your audience members. Do you want them to laugh? Cry? Be angry? Be surprised?

6 Conclusion REFLECTION: End with a reflection of your story.
Think about which one of the following questions apply to your story. Did you learn anything? Is there a moral to your story? In what small way did this event impact your life? Did this story impact your life in a greater way? Think about the “So what? Factor”: Looking back now I realize

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