Using chronology as narration involves relating events in the order in which they occur. A speaker will almost certainly employ narrative chronology if he or she uses an anecdote or extended example, but as demonstrated by the sample outline below, whole speeches can be organized this way.
A narration, rather than being broken into "Steps," is broken into EPISODES. When you recall an event, you do not relate all of it; you only relate those parts that portray the essence of the event. If you were asked by a friend, "What did you do last night?" You would not reply, "At 6:10, I got out of my chair and closed the window. Then I returned to my chair." You would say, "I went to the movies." and skip everything leading up to but unrelated to that event.
When using narrative chronology, keep these things in mind:
|Topic:||The Battle for the Skies.|
|General Purpose:||To Entertain.|
|Specific Speech Purpose:||The audience member will learn how the Chrysler Building became the world's tallest building.|
|Central Idea:||William Van Alen used architectural "sleight-of-hand" to beat the builders of 40 Wall Street.|
|Main Idea I:||Walter P. Chrysler and the Bank of New York both wanted to own the world's tallest building.|
|A. Both buildings were started in 1927.|
|B. Van Alen and H. Craig Severance were partners turned rivals.|
|Main Idea II:||Severance stalled on committing to a height, until Van Alen had done so.|
|A. The Bank of New York was better funded.|
|B. Chrysler was on a tighter schedule.|
|Main Idea III:||After Severance had topped his building, Van Alen raised the famous steel spire.|
|A. It had been constructed inside the building.|
|B. It was winched to the top in only an hour and a half.|
|C. The spire made the Chrysler Building 36.5 meters taller than 40 Wall Street.|
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