Bad news first:
You won’t get an A for a writing assignment if it doesn’t have a thesis statement. It is one of the first things your teacher looks for and one of the main factors for your grade.
And this is where most students run into trouble:
What is the most challenging part of essay writing?
Some name the process of thesis clarification, others mention essay hooks and writing an outline, but our reader Emily has knocked spots off them all when asked to share tips on writing essay conclusions!
Don’t worry, Emily, you are not alone.
Finishing your essay isn’t less but sometimes even more challenging than starting it. Our writers know it firsthand, so they give consent graciously to share expert tips on creating strong conclusions for college papers.
The assignment: write a précis, in 800-1000 words (approximately four double-spaced pages), of the first two-thirds of “Reading: An Intertextual Activity,” by Robert Scholes. Your precis should cover Scholes’s essay through the top of page 28.
What the heck is going on here, what is a precis?
Derived from French, the word “précis” means a summary. So, if your professors give you such writing assignments, they want you to summarize some text and convey the summary in minimum words.
- A critical précis is a clear, concise, and logical summary of a passage preserving its essential ideas only.
Before writing a précis, make sure you clearly understand its peculiarities and specification.
Note: this article has been updated in April 2017.
When assigned to write a critique of a novel, be sure you understand the specification of this task: writing a critique and writing a review are far from the same.
What is the difference?
- A book review = its summary aimed at telling readers about the plot.
- A book (novel) critique = its analysis aimed at critical responding and evaluating its quality.
Have you ever wondered –
- What’s in the head of John Matrix as he rows his inflatable boat?
- What does Robocop’s inner self look like?
- Or, about how tight a ninja suit is for an American soldier?
If so (certainly, not), neither Commando nor RoboCop or American Ninja movies will help you find the answer. Literature will.
As it turns out, such literature exists:
Novelization is an attempt to translate popular movies plots into the fictional prose language.