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undergrad first year EnglishAssignment Description: The Synthesis Essay, like the Summary & Analysis Essays, will involve some summary and some analysis, and as its name suggests, the essay will involve synthesis. When we synthesize in writing, we combine or compare ideas from different texts in order to come to new meanings or new questions. (Texts read differently in isolation than they do in conversation.) In your Synthesis Essay, you will put two texts into conversation in order to make new arguments or raise new questions about literacy and social justice. The rhetorical purpose of your Synthesis Essay will be to contribute to or complicate our class’s collective working definition of literacy; your audience will be the classroom community.



What is a “synthesis essay”?

A synthesis is not a summary. A synthesis is not a comparison.
A synthesis IS an integration of what you have learned, and your ability to use this learning to develop and support an idea of your own
You combine (or synthesize) the information from sources to develop an argument or unique perspective on a topic.
Your thesis is a claim that presents your perspective on the topic, and the synthesis how you support your claim.
NOTE: This assignment will push you to think more deeply about the readings we have done so far this semester. To get started, read and re-read the two essays you have chosen to synthesize and find an angle by choosing one or two connections/dissonances to focus on. Additionally, you’ll need to think about how you will structure this essay. A concise summary of each text will need to take place towards the beginning of the essay. Think about how you introduce your angle or focus, how you will transition between each text, and how the essay will develop to the new argument or new questions that your synthesis raises for your audience. The format for this essay will more closely resemble traditional essay format (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion).



PROMPT: Select two readings from the list below to use in a synthesis essay that addresses the essay prompt question below.



What role may privilege—either its presence or its absence—play in literacy education (for the purpose of this essay, we’ll broaden the definition to include all forms of communication: speaking, reading and writing)?



Readings:

Baldwin, James. “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell me, What Is?”
Bernstein, Susan. “Writing and White Privilege: Beyond Basic Skills.”
Freire, Paulo. “Banking Concept of Education.”
Pinker, Steven. "Words Don't Mean What They Mean."
Rodriguez, Richard. "A Public Language."
Young, Vershawn Ashanti. “Should Writers Use They Own English.”







HOMEWORK #1 SYNTHESIS EXERCISE:

Split a piece of paper into four columns. Label them across the top thus:
What I believe/know… (this is what you will claim/prove)
Quote from source #1
Quote from source #2
Synthesis (how the sources TOGETHER support your claim)
Under the first column, identify a main point that you’d like to make about the topic of the readings. Explain in 2-3 sentences what it is that you know about the main point. Take a stance on the issue presented by the readings!
Under the second and third columns record quotes (ONE FROM EACH SOURCE YOU CHOSE) that you think either support that stance, or disagree with it. These two quotes should “speak” to or against each other in relation to the main point. BOTH quotes will be used in your main point paragraph, so the more you can discuss how they work together (or against each other) to support your main point, the better!
In the final column, explain 3-5 sentences how the two quotes are related: would the authors agree on the main point you’ve created? Why or why not? In what ways do they disagree? Agree? Describe how these two texts helped to create the main point that you’ve attempted to create—NOTE: They do NOT have to agree with your main point. In fact, in some ways it’s easier to synthesize information if they do NOT agree. The more information that you can put in this column, easier your essay will be to write!
Repeat twice more—once for each additional main point—for a total of three main points.
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In addition to the homework activity, please read "Her Point IsPreview the documentView in a new window," paying particular attention to the templates and action verbs offered for introducing summaries and quotations. This information may prove quite helpful as you write your essay.

Also, please read "And YetPreview the documentView in a new window" and consider carefully the questions posed in Ex. 2. These questions can help you refine your Synthesis and improve the likelihood that you will do well on this important assignment.

Please review the grading rubric before completing this assignment: SE-RubricPreview the documentView in a new window


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