So, how do you do an Editorial Commentary speech? Follow the 6 step process.
1. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC:
Pick a topic reflecting recent news events. What are hot issues? What has recently happened? What are the latest controversies in the public arena?
2. MAKE A THESIS STATEMENT:
State your opinion about the topic. For example, “George Bush is right to pressure Iraq.”
3. CREATE POINTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR THESIS:
Take a moment and think up what would support your thesis. Write the points down on a sheet of paper, leaving room after each one so that you can add supports for them.
Typically, your points will follow along the lines of the arguments you would want to present in a persuasive/oratory speech. Check that chapter for ideas such as the because test.
4. NOW, DEVELOP SUPPORT FOR YOUR THESIS
Now, write down supports for your points. Write down short quotations, summaries of key points in your articles, stories and other key points of analysis that you have for your points. Have at least two supports for each point if you possibly can. Write down the supports.
5. WRITE YOUR INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION.
Write down ideas for an introduction. Give a quick attention getter, state the thesis, tell why it is important to you and your audience. Write down a conclusion. Tie the speech together, build to a higher point and give it a sense of conclusion.
6. DELIVER THE SPEECH
Practice your speech so that it fits within the time frame. This is important because you have only 2 or 4 minutes usually for this speech. Think about what you are saying; make corrections. When the judge calls you, enter the room and deliver away with your speech.