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The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences

The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
The Précis - a concise analytical paragraph in 4 sentences
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The précis is a superb form of writing to teach at the beginning of the year, especially with students who do not believe they are good writers.

The précis teaches:
• Precise writing
• Critical thinking, reading, and writing
• Combining sentences: using compound and complex sentences

When my insecure writers see their final draft of a précis, they are awed by their ability to compose sophisticated writing. For this reason, I say to begin with précis.

Before writing a précis, make sure to teach how to analyze a poem! Check out the Anikdotes store if you’d like tips on how to teach analyzing poetry.

2 copies per page Print pages 2-3, double-sided, and cut in half – I like to save paper!

Included:
• Précis checklist
• Précis fill-in-the-blank format and guide
• Example précis based on “Harlem” by Langston Hughes

I have the most success with the précis when I follow this order of introduction to students:
1. Whole class
2. Assign as practice in pairs - IN CLASS (so I can answer questions)
3. Individual

The précis should be introduced with some system for analyzing a poem. I use a 6-step process to analyze a poem, which is in the Anikdotes store, but if you already have a poetry analysis system, it should be equally as effective.
Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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