2010 Synthesis

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.

  1. What phrases let readers know two sources are being synthesized? Quote three.
  2. What language would you not use when writing a synthesis given your audience? Why not?
  3. How well must the sources be understood to synthesized?
  4. 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:

  1. What do at least two of your sources have in common? Ideas? Facts? Examples? Statistics?
  2. Are any people or works cited in more than one source?
  3. Does one source provide details, examples, or explanations that build on something said in another source?
  4. Does any source respond to something said or implied in another?
  5. What point from your proposal can you support through synthesis?
  6. What context might a synthesis you write provide?

Draft a synthesis for your proposal.

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