A successful précis will include three parts:
In part 1 you must summarize key concepts related to the topic. Summaries must reference course materials including readings and class discussion and should be written for a “blind” audience. Your summary will include 2-3 main points and should be presented in a single paragraph that takes up approximately half a page. Your summary must make direct reference to at least one specific author/reading.
In part 2 you must react to a few of the issues presented in your summary. Your reaction will be organized in a paragraph that takes up approximately 1/3 of the page. In this paragraph you will react to 1-2 key points included in the summary. You are welcome to use “I” statements but be sure to explain why you have a particular idea/belief/attitude. Personal examples are appropriate and encouraged in this section.
In part 3 you must highlight the single most important and/or interesting element you summarized and reflect on how it has impacted your ideas about this issue. Your reflection will be organized in a paragraph that takes up approximately 1/5 of the page. In this paragraph you will focus on the single most important/interesting point related to the topic covered in class and/or the readings and explain why that point is interesting/important to you. Your reflection should connect to your everyday life and should generally explain how the point in question has changed your ideas and/or behavtiors.
- Include sub headers for each of your three précis components
- You must include at least one reference to one of the assigned readings posted: (JUST ONE) “The Birth” & “The Rule” ,Dunbar, John. 2014 . A Citizen’s Guide to Citizens United, Sherman, Paul. 2010. Citizens United Decision Means More Free Speech
- Your paper needs to be 1 double spaced page in length. Your paper should be a solid 1 page and must not go over the 1 page limit.
***HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF A PRECIS PAPER***