The purpose of this page is to provide student samples of A+ work.  If you want to get an A+ yourself on various assignments, you need to use these samples as your guide to the quality of work that I expect.  Mr.Dickes

Rhetorical Precis (10 Sentences) – You will read a variety of argumentative articles to compare different viewpoints regarding a wide range of topics this year in History.  You need to be able to demonstrate your understanding of the author’s claim by doing a Rhetorical Precis, a summary of an argumentative article.  At first, this will take time due to reading challenging text and summarizing at a high level, but with practice, you will be able to do a Rhetorical Precis in 20-25 minutes.  These summaries will allow us to have intellectual debates in the classroom.  A Rhetorical Precis that is completed according to expectations will prepare you for the rigors of secondary education.  Here is a student sample below with key transitional words highlighted.

Informational Summary (5 sentences) – Summarizing daily is a critical thinking skill that will improve your reading comprehension.  Moreover, effective summarizing where you demonstrate your understanding of the main idea by paraphrasing what the article is saying is paramount.  In addition, you will quote the text to support your understanding of the main idea for the article.

In secondary education, you will read informational text almost all the time.  Most likely, three out of every four classes will require daily informational text readings .  It is very important that you build a strong summarizing foundation now, so your future academic years will be easier and more enjoyable due to understanding complicated ideas.  Here is an example of an A+ informational summary.

Biographical Summary (10 sentences) – You will study successful people in all walks of life.  Why?  You gain insightful ideas from those who have overcome adversity and won.  Successful people have common characteristics such as perservance and focus.  We can all learn from others who have already paved a way to success, so you will write summaries for the biographies we read.  Most of the articles that you will summarize will be from authors that have studied a given individual in history.  So, your summary will basically be a summary of a summary.  Here is a student sample.

Narrative Analysis Guide (NAG) – A NAG is done once a month to demonstrate your understanding for the book that you selected to read based on your interests.  The NAG targets key concepts to summarize the book in an effective approach, a one-pager.  You need to read books that are challenging to you, so you can improve your reading comprehesion.  This will help you prepare for secondary education by being able to read at grade level or higher.


ITAG – Informational Text Analysis Guide


Creative Vocabulary Writing (CVW)


SAY/DO – The purpose of a SAY/DO is to demonstrate a critical understanding of the text by not only simply summarizing but more importantly, describing what the author is “Doing” throughout the text.  Some call this responding to literature.  Why do this rhetorical reading approach?  If students can describe where and how the author used conflict in the story to develop the plot, then they can eventually use similar ideas from various authors to create their own story.



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