The General Format of a Basic Speech

Attention-getter
State supporting points
Thesis

Supporting point #1 – also the topic sentence of the paragraph; the rest of the paragraph must stick to the general point made in the topic sentence and convince the reader that it’s true.
Evidence and explanation to convince reader that supporting point #1 is true, such as:

  1. Examples/Stories (cite source to convince reader)
  2. Statistics (cite source to convince reader)
  3. Expert testimony (cite source to convince reader)

Transition

Supporting point #2 – also the topic sentence of the paragraph; the rest of the paragraph must stick to the general point made in the topic sentence and convince the reader that it’s true.
Evidence and explanation to convince reader that supporting point #2 is true

  1. Examples/Stories (cite source to convince reader)
  2. Statistics (cite source to convince reader)
  3. Expert testimony (cite source to convince reader)

Repeat for additional supporting points; do not exceed four

Thesis
State supporting points
Refer back to attention-getter; end with a bang