SponOverview. Select any 5 - 9 page section from Sarah Banet Weiser's book, Kids Rule and write a precis. A precis is a carefully composed summary in your own words of the specific points embedded in the reading.
Criteria for Evaluation
1. You have made an appropriate choice of reading matter that relates in some way to your research project.
2. Your precis offers a specific summary of the key arguments in a section and you've identified the subhead title and page numbers in your paper.
3. You have followed the guidelines about writing a precis.
4. The quality of the writing is perfect with no spelling, usage or grammatical errors
5. You have selected an original section to summarize (no repeats or duplicates of sections are permitted.
6. Your precis is about 250 - 400 words in length.
DUE: March 25

As soon as you have selected the subhead section you'll be summarizing, please post your precis on this website with a name and title here.

Convergence: Children, Consumerism, Citizenship, and The Media (Pg. 30-35) Kelly Reed
The Blue Sky Period: Cable As Utopia ( pg. 41-45) Marjorie Thomas

The Nickelodeon Brand - Buying and Selling the Audience (pgs. 69-74) Caitlin Gainsborg
Children and Advertising (pg. 74-80) Mark Robinson
Children and Advertising, Robert Weir
Us versus Them: Kids Rule! (pg. 84-93) Christin St.Pierre

Representations of Gender in Children’s Television (pg. 107-111) Sasha White
The Growth of Teenage Girl Empowerment (pg. 112-116), Brendan Reynolds
Nickelodeon and Girl Power Programming (pg. 121-124) , Blake Neal
Clarissa Explains It All (pg. 124-130), Stacey Rand
As Told by Ginger (pg. 130-134), Anjelica Orloff

Race and TV: Pg 147- 152, Earl Shields
21st Century Representation of Race The New Economy (pg. 152-156) Danielle Townsend
The Business of Diversity (pg. 169-173), Alexis Berry

Irony and Camp: Double Coding In Postmodern Animation (pgs. 187-193) Aaron Wolf
The Fairly Oddparents (p 205-210), Cassandra Butkowski
From Creator-Driven to Toy-Based and Back Again, (location 2650) John Infante
Nick appropriate for Children p 178-182

A précis (pronounced “prā – sē”) is a short summary of a book. Usually it is one-sixth the length of the original material. That is, it should have one page for every six pages in the original article. The précis is valuable because it forces the student to express a story or a thesis in his or her own words. Being to able to restate something using one’s own words indicates an understanding of the original work. Teachers therefore use a précis to determine whether a student understands what has been read. The précis also provides the student with a concise review of the material read. Here are some things to consider when reading a text and then writing a précis:
  • Take notes while reading, especially when reading nonfiction. The topic sentences of nonfiction articles can be collected and will form the skeleton of the précis.
  • Avoid interjecting personal opinions. The purpose of a précis is to summarize another person’s argument, not to tell about your “favorite part” of the article (A précis is not the same thing as a “response” paper.)
  • Do not use any examples not used in the original paper; do not add support or question the author’s arguments
  • Do not use quotes, phrases or the author's wording in your precis: all the writing in your precis must be your own
  • The précis is meant to be a summary; however, make sure the key points of the paper or the important events are included and clearly explained (without changing the intent of the original paper).

Writing a précis is an excellent study skill. It forces the reader to wrestle with the story or the argument and read for comprehension. It gives the reader material to review later in preparation for tests. It also aids in the preparation of later papers in response to the original text.