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Having defined what a precis is, how it differs from a summary, abstract, framework and other forms of standard essay writing requirements, bellow is a Rhetorical precis outline sample. This outline and example give you an opportunity to review a well-formatted precis and also learn using the extra notes provided. This should help you quickly identify the elements of an excellent critical precis.
Sample Rhetorical precis outline
An excellent critical rhetorical precis has just four sentences or statements. Each of these sentences has particular guidelines:
Rhetorical precis example:
Woodworth, Margaret K. "The Rhetorical Précis." Rhetoric Review 7 (1988): 156-64. Print.
In her article "Who Cares if Johnny Can't Read?" (1997), Larissa MacFarquhar asserts that Americans are reading more than ever despite claims to the contrary and that it is time to reconsider why we value reading so much, especially certain kinds of "high culture" reading. MacFarquhar supports her claims about American reading habits with facts and statistics that compare past and present reading practices, and she challenges common assumptions by raising questions about reading's intrinsic value. Her purpose is to dispel certain myths about reading to raise new and more important questions about the value of reading and other media in our culture. She seems to have a young, hip, somewhat irreverent audience in mind because her tone is sarcastic, and she suggests that the ideas she opposes are old-fashioned positions.
It is here that you identify the author while giving details that are likely to assist explain who this author is as it relates to the text. You can answer questions such as if the author is a scholar, the area of study, is she a formal or renowned blogger how is the author perceived by the general public and related questions.
For this sentence, give a coherent outline detailing ways that the author uses to build the structures and how they support the thesis statement.
Provide the kind of facts that the text is built upon.
In this statement, give consistent information on what the author of the text aims to achieve. Why did they write or author the text?
This is the last sentence of a rhetorical precis. This is where you provide the details about the intended audience. Remember to provide some logical explanation of how you identified the target audience. You can do this by paying particular attention to the tone of the text, or the background provided by the author.
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