Informative Speech Outline Example Essay
October 7, 2014
General Purpose: To inform the class about the Maasai.
Specific Purpose: To teach the audience certain aspects of the Maasai such as their culture, food, living conditions, and language.
A. Attention Gainer: Mika: “Mambo rafiki! Maji maju?” Kelsey: “Ah poa, asante sana dada!” Mika: “Karibu sana.”
B. Reason to Listen: This is an example of a simple conversation between the Maasai, a unique African tribe whose culture is starting to diminish. According to Rogei, The language and cultural practices of the Maasai are threatened (Rogei, 2012).
C. Speaker Credibility: In addition to researching scholarly articles, Mika has traveled to Africa and seen the Maasai …show more content…
TRANSITION STATEMENT: Livestock also plays an important role in the Maasai diet.
C. Main Point # 3: Food
1. (Sub-Point # 1): The Maasai mainly survive off of a pastoral diet consisting of milk, meat, and blood. It is the women’s job to milk the cows twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. They only have two set meal times per day which are right after these milkings; however, some of the milk is stored after each milking because having plenty of milk in the house is a sign of prosperity. When they are running low on their supply of milk, only the men are allowed to drink the cow’s milk and the women and children are forced to drink the milk of small animals. Another way that they preserve the milk when their supply is running low is by mixing it with one of their other main items, blood. They will either mix it with blood or just drink the blood fresh as a substitute for the milk; however, this practice of drinking blood alone is dying out.
2. (Sub-Point # 2): According to Arhem, blood is now typically consumed symbolically in spiritual rituals when they slaughter an animal (Arhem, 1989). In this case the Maasai either drink the blood directly from the cow after it has been killed, or they boil the blood and drink it in a soup. Since the cattle are looked so