Precis Writing

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Précis Writing Project

Précis writing is one style of writing that students will work on throughout this school year. What is a précis? “A well-written précis should be a … substitute for the original work. The goal is to preserve the core essence of the work in a manner that is both clear and concise. At a minimum, the précis should include the topic or main thesis, the purpose of the research, what was studied, what methods were used, what results (or insight) were gained, and a conclusion. – Constance DeVereaux Your teachers have put together a list of newspaper articles, magazine articles, and essays which will be your choices for the school year. On the following pages, you’ll see a list of the articles grouped under common subject headings and a link. (Please let me know if any of the links are “broken.”) For each assignment, select an article or essay under the subject heading assigned and print it. An example article with annotation guide and writing template are also included in this document. Popular Culture

Sam Dillon, “Evictions at Sorority Raise Issue of Bias”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/education/25sorority.html

Ellen Goodman, “The Culture of Thin Bites Fiji”

http://www.abac.peachnet.edu/mwillis/ENGL1102/The%20Culture%20of%20Thin.pdf

Joe LaPointe, “Bonding Over a Mascot”

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/29/sports/ncaafootball/29seminoles.html

Danah M. Boyd and Nicole B. Ellison, “Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship” http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html

Heather Havenstein, “One in Five Employers Uses Social Networks in Hiring Process” http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9114560/One_in_five_employers_uses_social_networks_in_hiring_process

Tamar Lewin, “Study Finds Teenagers’ Internet Socializing Isn’t Such a Bad Thing” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/20/us/20internet.html

Michael Hogan, “The Colonel”...
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