The Synthesis Essay. DBQ versus Synthesis. DBQ. Synthesis. Documents provided Suggested Writing Time is 45 minutes Outside Information Required Expected to use more than ½ the documents Directions with statement or question. Sources provided Suggested Writing Time is 40 minutes
The Writer (you) will:
Even though television has the ability to inform the electorate, more often, television tarnishes presidential debates and obscures the truth voters desperately need, by instead focusing on candidate image rather than policy, muckraking to garner ratings, and network biases and power.
qualifiertopicacademic verbuniversal truthdirections
claim from thesis
+ direction (reason/example from the thesis)
+ connection to the universal subject
Television demeans presidential debates by promoting mudslinging between candidates, which distorts the focus of the election and clouds the truth of candidates’ policies.
Innovative technology in the classroom is clearly useful to engage students; however, unless a building is physically prepared through wires and networks to handle the surge in technology use, such innovations are useless. Local reporter Rostein reports on the innovations of Empire High School and the educational “risks” they are taking through the use of iBooks to replace traditional textbooks (Source A). While using iBooksto augment a student’s learning experience is certainly a beneficial use of technology in the educational setting, an iBook, or vast collection of iBooksfor that matter, is utterly unusable if a school’s wiring and network does not support such technology. A school may have dreams of technology becoming the “frosting on the cake” of the educational experience, but if the school does not have an “oven to bake that cake,” there will be no need for “frosting,” just as technology without a proper infrastructure is simply squandered plastic, wires, and metal (Source A).