Writing a speech outline Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

Sometimes students do not understand what is required for an outline, so I have given you a sample of what is expected for a freshman level communications class that has a group project due. They are to discuss a movie and each team member must have three scholarly sources.  Here is a sample of outline formatting:

Names of the team members


Group Presentation Outline and Works Cited

Name of the speech should be centered                                                            on the page (if you want a title)

I. Introduction: please make this a full paragraph.

II. Nonverbal communication is……..

1. Source #1’s point

2. Source #2’s point

3. Source #3’s point

III. Verbal communication can be defined as…..

1. Source #1’s point

2. Source #2’s point

3. Source #3’s point

IV. Emotions can be………..

1. Source #1’s point

2. Source #2’s point

3. Source #3’s point

V. Conclusion: please write a full paragraph.

You may have sub-sub-points that describe the movie under what the scholars are saying, but please DO NOT make the outline into a plot summary.

Your Works Cited page should be attached, with all sources in alphabetical based on the last name of the author.

I hope this example helps you with any outlines you are required to write.


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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