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SPC 1608 (Dr. Pierre): Informative Speeches: Choose Your Destination

Informative Speech

Choosing any research topic is always challenging.  In this assignment you're choosing your travel/vacation destination.  If you do not have an idea, trying brainstorming based on what interest you, what you would like to learn about, and how adventurous you're feeling.

As a reminder, an informative speech provides information about a specific subject to an audience. The aim of an informative speech is to help your audience to understand and to remember the information you are presenting.

 

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Identify your Vacation Destination

By following the news, you may be able to think of some recent current events.  However, if you have trouble identifying a current event, you may try the following for topic/current event ideas:

Also, try watching some entertainment news shows for ideas about where you would like to travel.

Narrow Your Topic

Narrowing a topic means thinking of different aspects, or angles, of the topic.

For example, for a vacation to Greece you could research:

  • attractions
  • historical monuments
  • mythology
  • customs
  • The Mediterranean
  • Mount Olympus
  • Athens
  • climate
  • museums
  • culture
  • economy

Any of these aspects or angles could be a paper topic by itself. Or, you could choose two or three to cover as points in your paper.

EXERCISE: Write your topic in the center of a piece of paper. Draw lines radiating out from it like spokes. For each spoke, write a narrower topic that is related to the center topic. This is called a Concept Map.

Use the database the databases in this LibGuide for topic exploration.