Specific purpose: I am informing the audience of Nicholas Sparks’ interesting life.
Thesis: Nicholas Sparks’ life is as interesting as the books he writes.
Organization Pattern: Chronological Pattern
I. The Author Nicholas Sparks said, “I am nothing special, of this I am sure, I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and to me, this has always been enough.”
II. Thesis: Nicholas Sparks’ life is as interesting as the books he writes.
Transition: Let’s look at Nicholas Sparks’ early life.
I. Nicholas Sparks was born December 31, 1965 to Patrick and Jill Sparks.
A. He has an older sister Danielle Sparks, and a younger brother Micah Sparks.
B. Nicholas Graduated from high school in Fair Oaks, California as Valedictorian in 1984.
C. Nicholas went to the University of Notre Dame with a full ride track scholarship.(BN)
1. He set a track record that still stands from his freshman year in 1985.
2. His season ended with an Achilles Tendon injury.
D . During the summer after freshman year he wrote his first novel that was never published.
E. In 1988, while on spring break, Nicholas met his future wife, Catherine Cote.
F. Nicholas graduated College with Honors in 1988. (Bio)
Transition: Let’s look at Nicholas Sparks’ later Life.
I. Nicholas and Catherine were married in 1989. (Bio)
A. Six weeks after they were married, his mother was killed at age 47 in a horseback riding accident. (DT)
B. Nicholas and Catherine moved to Sacramento, CA where he finished his second book but wasn’t published.(bio)
1. He took many odd jobs to make ends meet. He chose a job in pharmaceutical sales.
C. In June of 1994,...