A précis is essentially a clear, concise, and logical summary of a passage, preserving its essential ideas only. In a précis, the writer should reproduce the logical development of the argument in as cogent a form as possible and paraphrase it in his/her own words. The purpose of writing a précis is to facilitate the research process. It helps the researcher collect, categorize, and organize sources throughout the research process oftentimes when the researcher is working with dozens, sometimes hundreds, of resources.
In this assignment, students will:
1. Research a literary criticism about a novel or book of study.
2. Create an MLA citation for the literary criticism.
3. Write a précis of the literary criticism in which they summarize the entire argument and present the main points of the criticism.
This product contains the précis assignment, rubric, and sample. Having students write a précis for their literary criticism research is an excellent way to check their comprehension of research before integrating it into their writing.
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