CHECKING YOUR UNDERSTANDING

CHECKING YOUR UNDERSTANDING

Assignment 7: CHECKING YOUR UNDERSTANDING

Let’s focus a little more on strategic organization. In this case, let’s start with a subject and work back in the other direction. This chapter sets forth four types of strategic organizations: TIME LINE SPEECHES, PROCESS SPEECHES, SPATIAL SPEECHES, PROBLEM-SOLUTION SPEECHES.

Here is a definition of each:

TIME LINE: Usually associated with speeches on a historical event, this outline follows a time line to help the audience see how various components fit together.

PROCESS: This approach to an outline simply follows the steps involved in a building or developmental process.

SPATIAL: This strategic approach allows the audience to visualize actual 3-D dimensions or at least to see a space-related explanation of the topic.

PROBLEM-SOLUTION: This approach is often used by politicians and involves posing a problem and then offering a solution to it. It is one of the most commonly use types of speech today.

For each of the topics cited below, tell which of these four approaches would probably be the best strategy for developing the outline of the speech.

  1. EXPLAINING HOW TO MAKE DIRT PUDDING
  2. DEALING WITH VIOLENCE IN OUR CITIES
  3. POINTING OUT SEVERAL KEY TOURIST SITES ON A MAP OF CALIFORNIA
  4. DESCRIBING KEY EVENTS IN THE VIETNAM WAR
  5. LAYING OUT A SOFTBALL DIAMOND FOR A COLLEGE TEAM
  6. SHOWING THE STAGES OF BUILDING A CAR
  7. ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF REQUIRING SCHOOL UNIFORMS

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