Precis Practice

Precis Group Practice for 2009 Prose Passage

This is a formative assessment and will be assessed as a group grade.

*Note. You may want to take out your handout on how to write a precis if you’re rusty.

Directions.

  • Get into groups of 3 and sit in a circle.

  • Take out the 2009 prose passage on Ann Petry’s “The Street” and chunking handout

  • Each person should take out a piece of paper.

  • Each person should write the first sentence of a precis.

  • Rotate papers to the left.

  • Each person should add the second sentence of the new precis in their hands.

  • Rotate papers to the left.

  • Each person should add the third sentence of the new precis in their hands.

  • Rotate papers to the left.

  • Each person has the originally precis s/he started with.

  • Read them all aloud and decide which one you want to turn in for credit.

  • Make sure all group member’s names are on the precis being turned in.

Prose Close Analysis

Hi folks! Welcome back!

Today, we are going to review the two types of essays we have taught you in this class, both of which will be on the AP exam in May (as well as your final exam).

Let’s use this chart to compare the two: close versus open analysis.

Next, we will read a passage called “Cherry Bomb.” As you read, annotate.  We will be sharing.

Now let’s review what to specifically look for when analyzing prose, as well as the types of prompts to expect for prose analysis.

A Doll’s House is also written in prose, but your essay is an open analysis. Be sure to review the chart and rubric to ensure you are writing in the proper format.