Consider these notes toward writing a synthesis.
Here are two examples of synthesis extracted from longer essays. As we read the first one, consider these questions.
- What phrases let readers know two sources are being synthesized? Quote three.
- What language would you not use when writing a synthesis given your audience? Why not?
- How well must the sources be understood to synthesized?
- Looking back at your annotated bibliography, what connections between sources did you describe? Can you develop those connections into a synthesis?
Then, as an individual, try writing a synthesis. Plan first by answering these questions:
- What do at least two of your sources have in common? Ideas? Facts? Examples? Statistics?
- Are any people or works cited in more than one source?
- Does one source provide details, examples, or explanations that build on something said in another source?
- Does any source respond to something said or implied in another?
- What point from your proposal can you support through synthesis?
- What context might a synthesis you write provide?
Draft a synthesis for your proposal.