HOW TO WRITE A RHETORICAL PRECIS:
Different instructors often have different expectations. Always follow your specific instructor's guidelines.
A RHETORICAL PRECIS is a paragraph length write-up that describes an author's argument as well as HOW the author supported his or her main claim. It is NOT a summary OR a place to express your personal opinion on a subject.
The 4-Part Precis
Fixation of Belief Precis Source: http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl201/modules/rhetorical-precis/sample/peirce_sample_precis_click.html