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Writing a synthesis essay thesis by examples research

Writing a Synthesis EssayThesis by Examples (Research)

A synthesis essay draws on two or more sources and combines their ideas into a coherent whole.

Borrowed from Northern Virginia Community College: Loudoun Campus Online Writing Center http://www.nvcc.edu/loudoun/english/writingcenter/online%2 0writing%2 0center/synthesis%2 0essay.htm


Overview of assignment

Overview of Assignment

  • 5-paragraph essay

  • APA formatting

  • 4 references (including in-text citations)

  • Typed, 12 pt, New Times Roman font

  • Double-spaced


What do i need to write one

What do I need to write one?

Writing a successful synthesis essay will require you to do four things:

  • Read accurately and objectively

  • See relations among different viewpoints

  • Define a thesis based on these relations

  • Support the thesis effectively


Start with a focus

Start with a focus…

  • Comparison and contrast. Discuss the similarities and differences in the writer’s viewpoints and draw whatever conclusions are possible from your comparison.

  • Thesis supported by examples. Develop a thesis based on common points among the works, and support the thesis with appropriate examples from each work. This strategy works well with essays that approach a subject from highly diverse viewpoints.

  • Argument. If you have a clearly defined opinion about the subject, support that opinion by incorporating the valid viewpoints of the writers of the essays you have selected, and show the weaknesses of those ideas which you feel are not valid.


Thesis supported by examples

Thesis Supported by Examples

  • Develop a thesis based on common points among the articles, and support the thesis with appropriate examples from each work. This strategy works well with essays that approach a subject from highly diverse viewpoints.

  • You will need to choose a topic that you can find at least two writer’s viewpoints that are highly diverse.


Thesis supported by examples1

Thesis Supported by Examples

  • Choose a topic and research it.

  • Read carefully. First skim through the readings and look for similar issues in each article. Reflect on those issues, and jot down your ideas. Reread and decide on one topic that will unify your essay. Note each article’s thesis and main points. Finally, take notes.

  • Use the handout “Readings Notetaker” to organize the viewpoints common points.


Develop your thesis

Develop your thesis

  • Next, determine your thesis. A thesis is a direct statement of a main issue or idea that you have developed from studying the articles. In a thesis-with-examples essay, your thesis may state the main idea you have developed from your readings, which will be supported with examples from the readings in the body of your essay.


Organize

Organize

  • Then, organize your essay with your thesis in mind. The type of organization you use depends on your thesis, but in general you should be able to use either block-by-block or point-by-point organization with any of the essay types.

  • Use the Outline for a Five-Paragraph Essay to develop your thoughts.


Rough draft

Rough Draft

  • Write a rough draft after you have decided on the organization you will be using. Here are some pointers: Early in your paper, mention the titles and authors of the articles you will be discussing. Quote or paraphrase brief passages from the essays to show how the essays illustrate, agree with, or disagree with each point you make. Whenever you quote or paraphrase, cite the author properly.


Revise

Revise

  • And finally, REVISE. Remember: All good writing is rewriting.

  • Use PAPERRATER.COM to check your paper for grammar, vocabulary, fluency issues.

Citation help:

  • In text-

    Summary and paraphrase

    (authors last name, year of publication)

    Quotation

    (authors last name, year of publication, paragraph #)

  • Reference list-

    Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/


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