Components of a Speech

The previous activity asked you to develop a sample outline for an argumentative essay. Outlines can be used to develop many different kinds of writing. While the basic principles of outlines apply to many writing contexts, the way you apply those principles will be different depending on the type of writing you are producing. Read this section about creating outlines for a speech. After you read, spend a few minutes reflecting on what you learned.

  • In your own words, how would you describe the purpose of an outline?
  • What are some similarities and differences between an outline for an argumentative essay and an outline for a speech?
  • Have you used outlines to develop your writing in the past? Do you plan to use them in the future?