Precis Writing for American Schools: Methods of Abridging, Summarizing, Condensing, with Copious Exercises by Samuel Thurber

Page Updated:
Book Views: 29

Samuel Thurber
Forgotten Books
Date of release


Precis Writing for American Schools: Methods of Abridging, Summarizing, Condensing, with Copious Exercises

Find and Download Book

Click one of share button to proceed download:
Choose server for download:
Get It!
File size:15 mb
Estimated time:5 min
If not downloading or you getting an error:
  • Try another server.
  • Try to reload page — press F5 on keyboard.
  • Clear browser cache.
  • Clear browser cookies.
  • Try other browser.
  • If you still getting an error — please contact us and we will fix this error ASAP.
Sorry for inconvenience!
For authors or copyright holders
Amazon Affiliate

Go to Removal form

Leave a comment

Book review

Excerpt from Précis Writing for American Schools: Methods of Abridging, Summarizing, Condensing, With Copious Exercises

During a recent visit to England, where I had the opportunity of seeing the work in English in many of the best-known schools of Great Britain, I was greatly interested in the superior quality of their instruction in composition. As I studied the various methods by which this superiority is secured, I became convinced that no small part of it is due to their fundamental conception in English teaching of making thought and content basic. In most schools far more attention is paid to this than to the type of drill which emphasizes mechanics and perfection of form. And one of the classroom practices which secures this emphasis upon thought and content is technically known as precis writing. Practice in precis writing is there commenced at a comparatively early age and continued through the upper grades and on through the universities.

I of course realize that in some of our American schools we have done work which carries out the same general intent as that which directs the making of the precis: we have exercises in abridging, summarizing, abstract-making, and condensation. Indeed, recent questions of the College Entrance Examination Board, especially the English Comprehensive Examinations, have taken the value of this work into strict account. Yet in practically none of our schools have we pursued this method systematically; it has all been sporadic, and limited pretty exclusively to the closing year of the secondary school, when many of our teachers have centred their attention upon the drill which prepares their pupils for the college entrance examinations. And certainly in all these efforts we have evolved no accepted technique for the making of a satisfactory precis.

About the Publisher

Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at

Readers reviews