Come up with two topics you might like to deal with in your upcoming Process Speech. For each topic, devise a specific purpose statement suitable for the speech assignment. Then devise a correct...

Come up with two topics you might like to deal with in your upcoming Process Speech. For each topic, devise a specific purpose statement suitable for the speech assignment. Then devise a correct thesis statement for each of these potential topics.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Process speeches work the best when a topic is selected that contains personal connection.  When a speaker articulates how to do something with which they are intimately connected, it resonates with the audience because of a personal authenticity.  What is suggested here is rooted in the idea that you find the topics with which you connect,  Through this, the audience will connect with your speech.

A working definition of a process speech is "an oral presentation that analyzes how to do something or how something works."  Finding topics to match this definition should not be that difficult.  One topic could be how to best utilize an enotes membership.  The purpose statement could be "The two fold purpose of this speech will detail the process of obtaining an enotes membership and exploring the specific and targeted resources that enotes makes available to students." This purpose statement is direct in exploring what the speech hopes to convey.  It details how the purpose of the speech is to explore the process of obtaining and using an enotes membership.  

When moving into the realm of a thesis statement, a slightly different shift in perspective occurs.  A thesis statement yearns to strike a particularly noteworthy argument from this purpose.  Whereas  the purpose statement of the process speech explores how something works, the thesis statement seeks to "make an assertion about the topic."  The thesis statement is an argument, something that is provable and debatable.  Its frame of reference is a bit different than a process speech, something more expository and informative in nature.  It is here where the shift in paradigm occurs.  It can be navigated, but I do think it's important to note the difference in language between both.  A possible thesis statement from this topic could be that "Obtaining an enotes membership can significantly assist students with content instruction" or  "An Enotes membership represents a viable option for students who require additional assistance outside of the classroom setting."  This thesis statement reaches into the process aspect of the speech, and then is able to provide a distinct element of proof with in it.  In this particular example, the process speech topic, its purpose statement, and its thesis statement are all connected to one another.

Being able to develop thesis statements and purpose statements are rooted in what it is you want to prove and explore.  The field is wide open.  When you find something that piques your interest, it can make for an excellent topic and will allow you to make the shift that is needed from thesis statement to purpose statement.  Being able to explore your own sense of self and thought process  will help your writing purpose statements and thesis statements because it will carry a certain authenticity that will resonate with both you and the audience.

rachellopez | Student

A process speech is a speech that either shows your audience how to do/make something or shows your audience how something works. When writing a process speech you want to pick a topic that you know a lot about and that you personally like and enjoy. For example, I like to bake and I know that other people are interested in this topic. Therefore I could give a speech teaching my audience about baking.

Next you want to write down you specific purpose. If I were going to talk about baking I would want to talk specifically about easy yet healthy dessert recipes; that would be my main purpose. You have to make sure that your audience can easily follow along with your speech. Your speech must be educational, entertaining, and relatable.

As for the thesis, you would usually write down three supports for your topic. However, this isn't really an argument. You are teaching your audience about something making this an informative speech. Basically your "thesis" for this type of speech will be a statement containing your topic and your personal thought about the topic. You want your thesis to be clear and precise while giving your audience a hint of what will come in your speech.

parama9000 | Student

As long as you have three supporting arguments along with your main substantive, your speech should generally hold. Try to offer different perspectives on the same subject so as to make your speech more convincing.