USC speech

March 4, 2008

Homework assignment (due March 9)

Filed under: Uncategorized — minimax @ 10:52 am


Write a thesis statement for a 3-minute speech about this topic: living well. Remember to narrow the focus of the topic, and make sure that the answers to these 4 questions are all “yes”:

1 Does this topic interest me or have the potential to interest me?

2 Is this topic interesting or important to my audience (your classmates in this case)?

3 Do I know, or am I likely to find, enough supporting information for this topic?

4 Do I know enough about this topic to start researching it and analyze what I find?

Here is an example of narrowing the focus of a topic, and then creating a thesis statement that describes the main message of the speech: 

[x] Baseball: too broad

[o] Wang Chien-ming uses three very different pitches to win games for the Yankees.

Send your thesis statement to me by e-mail (, and remember to include your name in your e-mail. Good luck!




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