The precis as the core document for interacting in a class
by Mr. Sheehy
Précis: By Noon the Monday prior to respective sessions, submit to us (vis-à-vis an email attachment to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) a one single-spaced page précis reflecting on the session’s assigned readings. Your précis should:
- Summarize (without overmuch quoting) what you take to be the reading’s primary argument/theme;
- Articulate whether or not, and why or why not, you take the argument to be persuasive/salutary for your own thinking; and
- Connect that reading to our course’s ongoing conversation. (Précis may be formatted however you’d like—e.g., a single integrated précis, three numbered points, etc.)
Précis will be graded for the following three elements:
- Comprehension (how well you understand the argument/theme of the reading);
- Argument Cogency (how well you make your argument about the reading); and
- Course Reflection (how well you connect the respective reading to the course as a whole).
Each student is responsible for ten précis by the end of the semester. Cumulative précis grade will count 40% of your total grade.
Paper: By the end of the term, submit to us a persuasive/salutary 8-10 page single-spaced paper that displays comprehension of, cogency toward, and reflection over course material. Your paper will count 60% of your total grade.
– From a course description belonging to Alan Jacobs, at Baylor University. I grabbed it as a picture of the kind of work some college humanities professors are assigning.