S Y N T H E S I S

S Y N T H E S I S - 3. take notes 4. formulate a thesis- 3...

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S Y N T H E S I S A DISCUSSION that draws on two or more sources and makes EXPLICIT the RELATIONSHIPS you infer from them. EXPLANATORY (primarily to inform; presents FACTS in a reasonable & objective manner) ARGUMENT (primarily to persuade; presents a CLAIM & SUPPORT; examines ASSUMPTIONS; appeals to LOGOS, ETHOS, PATHOS) (to compare & contrast; organized by source OR by criteria; by author OR by subject) CRITICAL READING FOR SYNTHESIS 1.  EXAMINE  CONTEXT
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- 2 - 2.  NOTE  3.  IDENTIFY  MAIN SECONDARY POINTS 4.  DISTINGUISH BETWEEN  ARGUMENTS, EXAMPLES, COUNTERARGUMENTS 5.  IDENTIFY  TRANSITIONS  FOR  LOGIC 6.  ESTABLISH THE WRITER’S  PRIMARY PURPOSE 7. READ TO IDENTIFY A KEY IDEA 8. READ TO DISCOVER A KEY IDEA 9. READ FOR RELATIONSHIPS GUIDELINES for writing a synthesis 1. consider your purpose in writing 2. select and carefully read your sources
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Unformatted text preview: 3. take notes 4. formulate a thesis- 3 -5. decide how to use the source material 6. develop an organizational plan 7. draft the topic sentences for the main sections 8. write the first draft 9. document your sources 10 . revise ORGANIZE A SYNTHESIS BY IDEAS, NOT BY SOURCE INCORRECT : Thesis Summary of source A in support of the thesis Summary of source B in support of the thesis Summary of source C in support of the thesis Conclusion CORRECT : Thesis First idea: refer to and discuss parts of sources (perhaps A, C, and F) in support of thesis- 4 - Second idea: refer to and discuss parts of sources (perhaps B and D) in support of thesis Third idea: refer to and discuss parts of sources (perhaps A, E, and G) in support of thesis Conclusion...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Kimmet during the Spring '07 term at George Mason.

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