Synthesis essay

TASK: Write a five-paragraph synthesis essay, illustrating your command of the English language, your ability to synthesize numerous texts, and your mastery of appropriate in-text citations.The goal is for you to demonstrate your understanding of several of the works from our reading list and your ability to recognize common themes among them.GUIDELINES:

1. Choose a common theme running among three or four of the works from our reading list (select a topic that sparks insightful thinking).

2. Identify three sub-topics that support the development of that theme (these may become the topics for your body paragraphs).

3. Draft a thesis (you may construct an essay map or an umbrella-type thesis).

4. Identify the concept/topic for each body paragraph that supports the thematic connection among two of the texts:

Text A & Text B

Text A & Text C

Text B & Text C

5. From each text, find appropriate passages, lines, or words that support the connections and then determine if the exact wording (quoting) or a paraphrase will best communicate the comparison or contrast between the texts (you will need at least one citation from each source discussed in the paragraph; thus, you will need a minimum of two in-text citations—either quotation or paraphrase per body paragraph). You do not need to cite all three texts in each body paragraph, but you must cite a minimum of two texts for each paragraph. Remember, don’t summarize the text; I have read them. I am your audience, so write specifically for my level of understanding and style.

6. Draft tentative topic sentences and/or a sentence outline.

7. Consider the logical arrangement of the material in the paragraph (reasons, examples, names, numbers, & senses) and the essay.

8. Develop strongly worded introductory and concluding paragraphs (Introduce all the works and authors in the introduction; conclude the essay with thoughtful commentary).

9. Draft a Works Cited following # 36 “Two or more selections from the same anthology” (see page 664 in LBH).

10. Try to incorporate more than one author within a citation # 15 “Two or more works in the same citation” (see page 641 in LBH) to indicate scholarly ability to synthesize.

DEADLINE: Save your essay as your first and last name (e.g. MarkHall.doc) and upload it as a Word document to the appropriate dropbox by Sunday, Week 7, 11:59 p.m. Centrng them.

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