Synthesis Essay. What to include?. You must include 3 of the sources. Also, use your own knowledge, observations, and experience to support your point of view. An essay derived partly from your own thinking stands a greater chance for a top score because of the layer of depth.
Example: “All you need is a dollar and a dream.”
These catchy words have enticed millions of gullible New Yorkers into throwing their money away. Because low income people play the Lottery more often than well-off people, the lure of gambling harms them more than it does others. (Thesis)
“In this essay, I am going to prove that gambling does greater harm than good.”
State your point, as in “Gambling does greater harm than good,” and go from there.
(Source A) or (Collins)
If you use commentary, you might say,
“The author of Source B offers a short-sighted view of . . .”
“Clearly, the author of Source B has a bias again . . . A failing that weakens her argument.”