AP English Language and Composition Classes

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Ms. Czapski’s 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th Hour Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Classes

Name: __________________________________________ Hour: ________ Date: _____________________

Introduction to Writing the Precis

DIRECTIONS: Please thoughtfully answer each of the following questions about Geoffrey Nunberg’s The –Ism Schism; How Much Wallop Can a Simple Word Pack, Ellen Goodman’s In Praise of a Snail’s Pace, and Ronald J. Glasser’s We are not Immune: Influenza, SARS, and the Collapse of Public Health. You may write directly on this worksheet.

For Geoffrey Nunberg’s The Ism Schism; How Much Wallop Can a Simple Word Pack:

1.) What is the complete name of the author of this article? _____________________

2.) Who is
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Ask yourself how the language of the work excludes certain audiences (non-specialists would not understand the terminology; children would not understand the irony) in order to see that the author did make certain assumptions about the pre-existing knowledge of the audience. You may also report the author's tone. ____________________________________________________________

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For Ellen Goodman’s In Praise of a Snail’s Pace:

1.) What is the complete name of the author of this article? __________________________________________

2.) Who is this author? What are his/her expertise in relation to this topic? What is his/her experience with this topic? How did he/she gain his/her knowledge to compose this article? Use a short phrase to answer this question: ____________________________________________________________

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3.) What is the genre of this work (what type of writing is it)? _________________________________________

4.) What is the complete title of the work? _______________________________________________________

5.) What is the publication date of this piece of writing? _____________________________________________

6.) Is any other interesting or noteworthy publication information included? If so, what? ___________________

7.) Please use a