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4: Selecting Your Approach and Main Points
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- Distinguish between the specific purpose, central idea, and main points of a speech;
- Differentiate between a speech to inform, persuade, and inspire or entertain;
- Write a specific purpose statement;
- Write a thesis or central idea statement;
- Distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable specific purpose and central idea statements;
- Compose appropriate specific purpose and central idea statements for informative, persuasive, and inspirational/entertaining speeches.
- 4.1: Getting Started with Your Topic
- 4.2: Formulating a Specific Purpose Statement
- 4.3: Formulating a Central Idea Statement
- While you will not actually say your specific purpose statement during your speech, you will need to clearly state what your focus and main points are going to be. The statement that reveals your main points is commonly known as the central idea statement (or just the central idea).
- 4.4: Problems to Avoid with Specific Purpose and Central Idea Statements