In-class exercise: Writing an outline

Write a movie outline

  • Have class get into groups of 3-4
  • They then select movie or TV show they have all seen and figure out why they liked it or didn’t like it
  • Write specific purpose, central idea and outline two main points with two subpoints for the reasons you liked or did not like it
  • Each group should appoint someone type it up and e-mail it to the professor before next class (or use overhead projector/document reader as available).

The exercise itself takes 10-15 minutes. I would then compile the outlines for each class into a series of slides and during the next class we would review and critique the outline format and organization as a group.


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I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

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