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Real World Learning Objects: Language Arts

Developing a Speech Outline

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Students will experience a well written and well delivered speech.  The speech they will observe will be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech that was delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Several speech communication concepts could be explored with this speech as the back drop or as the foundation for discussing critical public speaking components, i.e., audience analysis or effective delivery techniques.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

August 28, 1963

For this RWLO, students will work from the transcripts of Dr. King’s speech, and develop an effective outline to this landmark speech.  This activity would work well in any communication course that included the study of public speaking, although this activity was primarily developed to address some of the competencies in an introductory communication course.