Monday, December 14, 2015

Learning the ways of the Rhetorical Precis

Goal: Learn how to create a rhetorical precis.

Learn what a rhetorical precis is.
Play unscramble the precis
Write a precis on your own.

Rhetorical Precis:
"A Rhetorical Précis, pronounced (pray-see), is a summary or abstract of a work. The Rhetorical Précis has a rigidly specific format.... It is important that you follow the format carefully. This is not an easy task. But it is a crucial step towards building critical reading ability...." (

Unscrambling a Precis: 
  1. Use THIS LINK to get a copy of a doc with a rhetorical precis. (Do not share it.)
  2. The sentences on this doc are out of order. 
  3. Rearrange them until you have a correct precis. 
Write your own precis: 
  1. Open your English Journal
  2. Open your copy of Big Brother Meets Big Mother. 
  3. Write a rhetorical precis of Big Brother Meets Big Mother by Ellen Goodman in your English Journal. 
  4. Open Under STUDENT, enter room number 6867
  5. Paste in your NEW rhetorical precis for Big Brother Meets Big Mother when you get the question. We will vote on them in a minute. 
Later this week we will be having a socratic seminar. Tomorrow we begin preparing for that. 
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Check out your new book if you haven't already. 
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