M6: Academic Précis

Précis Instructions: First, review the complete Lesson Plan for the Module. URL: M6: Lesson Plan Summarize the required readings for a given module, representing approximately 90% of your paper. NOTE: The assigned readings are listed under Module Reading List in the Lesson Plan.  Text A: Secondary Source (Scholarly Monograph) Text B: Secondary Source (Scholarly Monograph) Analyze the the author’s points in Text A through interpretation of Text B, representing approximately 10% of the end of the Précis. Example: If a Précis covers two or more chapters (e.g., Chapters 1-4) from Text A and Text B, the expectation for this assignment is as follows: The following are examples of two (2) chapters;  see Scope section for actual and/or total chapters. Summary [90%]: Choose two (2) to four (4) main points from Chapter One (1) and two (2) to four (4) points from Chapter Two (2) in [TEXT A]. Analysis [10%]: Choose two (2) to four (4) main points from Chapter One (1) and Two (2) from [TEXT B] that correlate, contrast, and/or support items in the Summary portion. A précis is not an essay so there is no thesis or main argument. Précis Format and Guidelines: Submission: Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Adobe PDF only Précis submissions in any alternate format (i.e., RTF, WPS, TXT, GDOC, etc.) = 50% reduction in total grade. Length: 300-500 words (2-4 pages) with 10% flexibility. Citations: Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), Footnote format. CMS citations are required for ideas, facts, and/or opinions from the given readings. Identifiers: single-spaced; must include: Full Name, Class Name; aligned to the right-side margin. Example: HIST 71 – Online, Professor Name, and Date (MM/DD/YYYY). Body: Times New Roman, 12 point; double-spaced; justified margins Header and Footer: Times New Roman, 10 point size. Margins: Exactly 1.0” on all four sides; standard 8.5 x 11” paper size. Title: Centered. Example: “Précis – Module Six” (without quotes) Cover Page: Not required. Quotations: Quotations or “quote marks” before and after the sentence for any phrase, sentence, and/or words not your own requires a formal CMS citation. Students are encouraged to paraphrase reading material(s), restating the author’s own idea, fact, and/or opinion in her or his own words, and provide a formal CMS footnote citation for the material. As a rule, a student will quote material that she or he is wholly unable to successfully paraphrase in her or his own words, and in no more than approximately three (3) to five (5) words. REMINDER: A formal CMS citation is always required for material(s) that includes a fact, idea, or opinion not of the student’s own making or words. WARNING: Failure to provide all necessary formal citations may/will result in sanction under the Chaffey College Academic Integrity Code. Avoid colloquialisms, abbreviations, and/or elaborate opinions in your writing. Stick to facts, remain objective and detailed yet predictably short. Proofread all assignments before submitting. Remember to ask questions if there is something you do not understand.   Summary: [Approximately 90% of your paper] Encompass the main points of the reading(s), three (3) to five (5) for the given scope of reading, written in the third-person (formal). Consolidate given information across chapters into a given time period, not chapter-by-chapter. Example: From 1620 to 1730…. Refer only to the author, items, or events from which the author references, not “the book” or “the reading.” Use the “Rule of 3” when writing the summary portion. Use three (3) or more direct examples or critical points that encompass the assigned reading, in any combination you choose. Focus Areas: [Time] Period, Patterns for Comparison, Evidence and Interpretation [of Evidence], Causes and their Consequences   Analysis: [Approximately 10% of your paper] A critical analysis of the summary, written in formal third-person. Although similar, an analysis is not a conclusion as there is no thesis to defend. Consider the summary: What selections from TEXT B compare, support, or contrast with the material in your summary? Elaborate one or more the following in one (1) paragraph: What would a reader discover about the time period? What pattern(s) of evidence emerge, and how do they compare with one another? What interpretations between both scholars begin to surface? What were the causes and consequences of the actions taken?

HIST 71 M6 Lesson Plan (1)

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