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  • Synthesis
    Short Essay #3
  • What is a Synthesis?
    A synthesis is a written discussion that draws on two or more sources.
    It depends upon your ability to infer relationships among sources.
  • Synthesis
  • How do we commit [sin]thesis?
    First, we summarize our sources.
    Second, we make judgments of our sources based on a critical reading.
    Third, we reach conclusions based on the quality and validity of these sources and whether we agree or disagree.
    And finally, now that we have more than one source, we need to determine relationships among our sources
  • It all depends on your purpose…
    Locate sources relevant to your topic
    Select only those parts that will fulfill your purpose
    Relate selected parts to each other
    How you make use of each source depends on your purpose
    Thus, you need to understand fully your purpose before pursuing a research project
  • Where do we find written syntheses?
    Analysis papers
    Research papers
    Argument papers
    Essay exams
    Newspaper and magazine articles
    Position papers
    Business plans
    Memos and letters
    Websites
  • Note how the purpose in the following writing assignments differ:
    Evaluate the author’s treatment of the Civil War
    Determine if the civil war was fought for moral or economic reasons
    Compare and contrast the technology of warfare used during the civil war with what was used a century earlier
    Discuss the use of photography during the Civil War
  • Using your sources effectively
    If students used the same sources for the civil war assignments, they would most likely synthesis unique parts of the sources because their purpose is not the same.
  • Two Types of Synthesis
    Explanatory ---objective is to offer information
    Argument ---objective is to persuade or convey opinion or interpretation
  • Argument or Explanatory
  • Argument or Explanatory?
  • The Argument Synthesis is Persuasive
  • Elements of an Argument
    Claim- a proposition or conclusion that you are trying to prove
    Support – comes in the form of fact or expert opinion
    Assumption-an underlying belief or principal about some aspect of the world and how it operates
    Your assumption links your supporting evidence to your claim
    Assumptions tend to be general and unstated
  • Write a claim, support and assumptions for the both sides of the argument regarding CMC:
    CMC-Computer-mediated communication (p60-61)
  • Exercise 3.1 Practicing Claim, Support and Assumption
    Present to the class a claim with support and assumptions for an argument that you are passionate about.
    Also, present to the class an opposite claim on the same topic include support and assumptions for the claim
    Hint: Go online to find the information or use essays in our text.
    Results: You will present your results to the class in the form of a comment posted to this blog entry.
  • Your Assignment
    You will find the guidelines for writing a synthesis on pages 58-59.
    You can select one of the Synthesis Activities in your text or you may design a project of your choosing as long as it involves synthesis.
    800- 1000 words
    Two outside sources