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Real World Learning Objects: Language Arts

Developing a Speech Outline


Recommendations for Integration: Over 40 years after the delivery of this landmark speech, students are still moved by Dr. King’s poetic use of language and his powerful delivery.  I always begin this RWLO with the question “what are some of the greatest speeches ever given?”  Without exception, this speech always surfaces as the number one response.  What works well in the implementation of this RWLO is providing a handout that includes the transcripts of this speech so that students may follow along with the video, making notes and highlighting key content areas.  As this particular RWLO is designed to address the competency of developing a speech outline, a brief dialogue on the essential components of a speech outline, i.e., introduction, body, main points, transitions, and conclusion is critical.  This RWLO works well is students listen to the speech, engage in a guided discussion about the speech, receive the assignment instructions, and develop a speech outline for this speech as an out of class homework assignment.

Back-up: Downloading the video to your computer’s hard drive in advance of the delivery of this RWLO will ease in its implementation, as well as support the delivery of this RWLO in the event of unavailability of the Internet.The following example of a completed speech outline is included as an instructional resource to assist in grading.  The sample illustrates how a well written outline might be assessed according to the assessment rubric located in the assessment section of this RWLO.


Sample Outline: “I Have A Dream”



Thesis:  Injustice and intolerance still exist today and they need to be replaced by justice and equality. [3 points]



Speech Outline

Introduction:  [3 points]  Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

I.              Main Preposition 1:  We Have Come to Cash a Check [3 points]


                                           [1 point] Transition:  We Can Not Walk Alone


II.           Main Preposition 2:  We Can Never Be Satisfied While Injustice Exists[3 points]


                                           [1 point] Transition:  Let Us Not Wallow In Despair


III.         Main Preposition 3:  I Have A Dream Today! [3 points]


                                          [1 point] Transition:  I Have A Dream


Conclusion:  [3 points] And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:  Free at last! free at last!Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!


Sources Cited: [3 points]

1) Amos 5:24 (The American Standard Version of the Holy Bible)

2) Isaiah 40:4-5 (King James Version of the Holy Bible).