Precis-Checklist - Name Date Period AP English Language and...

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Name: Date: Period: AP English Language and Composition – Klein CHS - borrowed from various AP teachers The Art of Précis Writing Definition: “The précis is a highly structured four sentence paragraph that records the essential elements of a unit of spoken or written discourse, including the name of the speaker/writer, the context of the delivery, the major assertion, the mode of development and/or support, the stated and/or apparent purpose, and the relationship established between the speaker/writer and the audience (the last element is intended to identify the tone of the work). Each of the four sentences requires specific information; students are also encouraged to integrate brief quotations to convey the author’s sense of style and tone. Precis Checklist Format: “1. Name of the author (optional: a phrase describing the author), genre and title of work (date and additional publishing information in parenthesis); a rhetorically accurate verb (such as “assert,” “argue,” “suggest,” “imply,” “claim,” etc.)’ and a THAT clause containing the major assertion (thesis statement) of the work. 2. An explanation of how the author develops and/or supports the thesis, usually in chronological order—always identifying the rhetorical mode(s) employed. 3. A statement of the author’s apparent purpose followed (introduce with the infinitive ‘to). 4. A description of the intended audience and/or the relationship the author establishes with the audience.” (Koster) ______ The first sentence is probably the most difficult. Employ a rhetorically accurate verb followed by a THAT clause. The THAT clause is designed to demand a complete statement. The second sentence is less structured. The third sentence sometimes inadvertently restates the thesis: ‘The author’s purpose is to prove that…’ Look before such a simplistic response to assess what the author wants the audience to do or to feel as a result of reading the work. In the fourth sentence, students need to ask how the language of the work excludes certain audiences. This sentence may also report the author’s tone.
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Name: Date: Period: AP English Language and Composition – Klein CHS - borrowed from various AP teachers Precis Template (Author's full name) ________________________, in his/her essay(novel, poem, article, painting, short story, etc.) __________________ (year for APA attribution), asserts that ___________________________________________________________________.(Author's last name) __________________ supports this assertion by showing(offering, using, citing, challenging, etc.) examples of ______________________________________________________ . (His/Her) ___ ____________ purpose is to _______________________________________________________ .
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