Rhetorical Précis - Ms. Barrow's Classroom

Rhetorical Précis - Ms. Barrow's Classroom

RHETORICAL PRCIS A rhetorical prcis differs from a summary in that it is a less neutral, more analytical condensation of both the content and method of the original text. If you think of a summary as primarily a brief representation of what a text says, then you might think of the rhetorical prcis as a brief representation of what a text both says and does. Although less common than a summary, a rhetorical prcis is a particularly useful way to sum up your understanding of how a text works rhetorically (Reading Rhetorically 62) QUESTION: WHAT IS A RHETORICAL PRCIS? Answer: A prcis is a four sentence paragraph that records the essential elements of an essay. Each of the four sentences requires specific information. QUESTION: HOW DO I WRITE A RHETORICAL PRCIS?

Answer: Each sentence of the paragraph should contain the following information: FIRST SENTENCE: Template: In (name of author) __(A)__(B)_ (type of work), _ (C) __ (title of work), she/he (D) (a rhetorically accurate verb) that _______________(D)_________________ (the authors assertion, argument, position, etc.). Example: In Oscar Wildes three-act play The Importance of Being Earnest, he argues Explanation: Name of author [optional: a phrase describing author], genre and title

of work, date in parentheses; 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. Think of it this way: WHO are you that gender relationships are based more talking about? WHAT is their background? WHAT did they write? on perceived sincerity than on honesty. WHAT year was it written? WHAT is their point? SECOND SENTENCE: Template: __(A)___ (the author) develops/supports this __(B)___ (change rhetorical verb to noun) by/through

______(C)______(note authors rhetorical techniques supported by textual evidence and analysis). Example: Wilde develops his argument through the pairing of several characters, such as Jack Worthing with Gwendolen Fairfax and the Reverend Chasuble with Miss Prism, who are sincere in their love for each other, but deceptive in demonstrating that love. Explanation: An explanation of the evidence and development of the authors claim, usually in chronological order. Think of it this way: HOW do they prove their thesis? Do they offer interviews? Official data? Other outside sources?

Anecdotes? THIRD SENTENCE: Template: __(A)_s (author) purpose is to __(B)__(reveal authors purpose) in order to __(C)__ (what author wants reading audience to react tofeel/do). Example: Wilde's purpose is to reveal the hypocrisies of conventional Victorian views about courting and marriage in order to offend the reader with the inconsistencies between these characters' feelings of love and their Explanation: A statement of the author's purpose followed by an "in

order" phrase. Think of it this way: Are they trying to entertain you? Persuade you to feel a certain way or change your mind about an issue? Are they trying to inform you sharing information that teaches - ? WHY is that their purpose? In order to accomplish what? FOURTH SENTENCE: Template: _(A)_ (author) uses __(B)___ (description of tone) with his __(C)___ (describe authors audience). Example: Wilde employs a witty, humorously satirical tone with his younger, emerging middle-class post-Victorian

audience. Explanation: A description of the intended audience and/or the relationship the author establishes with the audience. Think of it this way: WHO is the author trying to address? For example, are they talking to teachers? parents? senior citizens? Latinos? Muslims? registered voters? It can be anyone. You need to determine if they are addressed formally (use of academic language, proper English) or informally (more conversational

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