Patterns of Organization in the Body of a Speech



Read pages 298-302 of DOS handout






When Used





in time order (past-present-future)

use for speeches about things, processes, places, people, concepts, or events







spatial order

how it relates to space (north/south; top/bottom)

use for speeches about places or things







topical order

in order of topic/subject

use for speeches about places, people, concepts, things








explains a problem gives a solution








cause to effect

explains situation & what it leads to








Monroe's Motivational Sequence

puts intro & 1st transition in 5 steps for the entire speech