Define and explain

By:Allison Diaz

What is it?

A rhetorical précis analyzes both the content (the what) and the delivery (the how) of an article. It is a highly structured four-sentence paragraph blending both summary and analysis. Each of the four sentences requires specific information. students are expected to use brief quotations, and to include a terminal bibliographic reference. Practicing this sort of writing helps develop precision in both reading and writing, forcing a writer to employ a variety of sentence structures and to develop an eye for connotative shades of meaning. The précis should include the name(s) of the speaker/writer(s), the context or situation in which the text is delivered, the major assertion, the mode of development for or support of the main idea, the stated and/or apparent purpose of the text, and the relationship between the speaker/writer(s) and the audience.

How do we use it/do it?

The goal of a rhetorical précis is to summarize the findings in an article by identifying the main points and conclusions of the research along with reviewing the broader implications of the results obtained in the passage.

When do we use it/do it?

A rhetorical prècis is used when you want to make summarize the important key points of an article while providing enough information for the reader to fully understand what they are looking at.

Why do you use it/do it?

For many students, identifying the purpose, tone, intended audience, strategies, and author used in a passage or essay is very difficult, that is where the rhetorical précis comes in. It provides a helpful and easy formula that assists you in identifying these key elements of a passage so that you can write a thorough analysis.