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Communication Activity #6


A précis, pronounced (pray-see), is a summary or abstract of a work. The Précis required here has a specific format as outlined below. It is important that you follow the format carefully. This is not an easy task. But it is a crucial step towards building critical reading ability in philosophy. Complete the following 6 steps to recieve credit for your CA#6. Two sample Précis' are provided for your study. Links to the sample Précis' are below.

1. Read your Classic Text #6
2. Produce a Précis based on that text.
3. Make sure your Précis follows
the prescribed format (below).
4. Link to the Précis Forum for your Philosophical Framework and post your Précis to that forum.
5. Return to the forum to read the Précis' written by other class members.
6. Comment on at least two other Précis' comparing their reading of the text to your own.

Précis Format

a) In a single coherent sentence give the following:
          -name of the author, title of the work, date in parenthesis;
          -a rhetorically accurate verb (such as "assert," "argue," "deny," "refute," "prove," disprove,"            "explain," etc.);
          -a that clause containing the major claim (thesis statement) of the work.

b) In a single coherent sentence give an explanation of how the author develops and supports the     major claim (thesis statement).

c) In a single coherent sentence give a statement of the author's purpose, followed by an "in order"     phrase.

d) In a single coherent sentence give a description of the intended audience and/or the relationship the     author establishes with the audience.

Sample Précis #1           Sample Précis #2

Précis Forums

Self-Interest is Central Faith is the Focus
We are All Parts of a Greater Whole
Reality is Relative Knowledge is Negligible

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