Satisfying Outline Pt. 2
Final speeches are just a few days away! I am amazed at how quickly 6 weeks can fly by! For those of you still working on your speeches, I have a few more notes to help you out with everything from your transitions to conclusions. Check out the power point above for all you need to know to finish strong!
Last Thursday, students in 6-12 writing began outlining their speeches. When the students presented their “40 Chances” speeches earlier in the term, I made notes of common areas where students struggled. Organizing seemed to be at the top of that list.
I often repeat in class that writing isn’t so much a physical skill, as it is a mental one. Students need to be able to organize their thoughts into a cohesive statement, be that in the form of a three minute speech or a five page essay. Speaking extemporaneously (as we did during out candidate commercials) helps students hone those organizational skills in a short amount of time. Another way to help young writers cultivate their mental organization is with a visual aid. On Thursday, all students received a copy of A Satisfying Outline form. (I am attaching a PDF of this outline form here, as well. A Satisfying Speech Outline)
If you want to take things one step further, I encourage students to check out the Power Point slides that reiterate and expand on the things we discussed in class, including how to write a thesis statement in a SNAP and how to establish credibility with your audience. Satisfying Outline presentation