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Useful tips for writing a synthesis essay
  • www.synthesisessay.net

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We are going to show you 4 parts of writing a
Synthesis Essay
  • Part 3 Writing Your Essay
  • Write your first draft according to your outline
  • Write in the third person
  • Use transitions between paragraphs to make the
    text flow logically
  • Part 4 Finalizing Your Essay
  • Revise your essay
  • Proofread your paper
  • Part 1 Examining Your Topic
  • Understand the concept of a synthesis essay
  • Choose a topic suitable for a synthesis essay
  • Develop a thesis statement
  • Part 2 Outlining Your Essay
  • Outline the structure of your thesis
  • Use a more creative structure to present your
    thesis
  • Create an outline appropriate for a background or
    review synthesis essay

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Part 1 of 4 Examining Your TopicUnderstand the
concept of a synthesis essay
  • The purpose of a synthesis essay is to make
    insightful connections between parts of a work,
    or multiple works, with the goal of ultimately
    presenting and supporting a claim about a topic.
  • The different types of synthesis essays can be
    categorized
  • Argument synthesis
  • Review
  • Explanatory/background synthesis

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Part 1 of 4 Examining Your TopicChoose a topic
suitable for a synthesis essay
  • Your topic should be broad enough for pulling
    several related sources together, but not so
    broad as to bring widely disparate sources
    together. If you have free choice on a topic,
    some preliminary reading may help you decide what
    to write about in your synthesis essay.

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Part 1 of 4 Examining Your TopicDevelop a
thesis statement
  • Once you have read the sources you are provided
    with, or have done your own outside research, you
    will have to come up with an opinion on your
    topic. Your thesis will be the main idea
    presented in writing a synthesis essay. It should
    encompass the topic and state your point of view
    on that topic. It should be stated as a complete
    sentence.
  • Depending on the essay, your thesis statement
    can be either the opening sentence of the essay
    itself or the last sentence of the first
    paragraph.

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Part 2 of 4 Outlining Your EssayOutline the
structure of your thesis
  • If you dont know how to write an introduction
    for a synthesis essay this structure will help
    you.
  • The structure
  • The introductory paragraph 1. An introductory
    sentence that acts as a hook, capturing the
    readers interest. 2. Identification of the issue
    you will be discussing. 3. Your thesis statement.
  • The body paragraphs 1. Topic sentence that gives
    one reason to support your thesis. 2. Your
    explanation and opinion of the topic sentence. 3.
    Support from your sources that backs up the claim
    you just made. 4. Explanation of the significance
    of the source(s).
  • The conclusion paragraph 1. State further
    significance of your topic from the evidence and
    reasons you discussed in the essay. 2. A profound
    thought or thoughtful ending for your paper.

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Part 2 of 4 Outlining Your EssayUse a more
creative structure to present your thesis
  • If you are not writing this argumentative
    synthesis essay for the AP test, you should plan
    to use a more elaborate structure than the one
    listed above. Follow these tips for writing a
    synthesis essay
  • Example/illustration. This may be a detailed
    recount, summary, or direct quote from your
    source material that provides major support for
    your point of view. 
  • Straw man. With this technique, you present an
    argument opposed to the argument stated in your
    thesis, then show the weaknesses and flaws of the
    counter-argument. 
  • Concession. Essays with concessions are
    structured similar to those using the straw man
    technique, but they acknowledge the validity of
    the counter-argument while showing that the
    original argument is stronger.

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Part 2 of 4 Outlining Your EssayCreate an
outline appropriate for a background or review
synthesis essay
  • While most synthesis essays are entirely focused
    on stating and supporting a thesis, background
    and review essays explore the ideas found in the
    sources rather than focusing on the authors
    point of view.
  • There are two basic ways to structure these sort
    of synthesis in academic writing
  • Summary. This structure presents summaries of
    each of your relevant sources, making a
    progressively stronger argument for your thesis.
  • List of reasons. This is a series of sub-points
    that flow from the main point of your paper as
    stated in its thesis.

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Part 3 of 4 Writing Your EssayWrite your first
draft according to your outline
  • Dont know how to write a synthesis essay? Begin
    from the draft. Be prepared to deviate from your
    plan, however, if you find new ideas and
    information in your source material that supports
    your thesis.
  • If you are writing the synthesis for the AP
    test, you will not have time to write more than
    one draft, so pace yourself and make it the best
    it can possibly be.

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Part 3 of 4 Writing Your EssayWrite in the
third person
  • Writing in the third person means using "he,"
    "she," "it", and using complete, unambiguous
    sentences. Present enough information to show
    your credibility in the subject of your synthesis
    essay.
  • You should write in the active voice as much as
    possible, although passive voice is acceptable in
    circumstances where you would otherwise use first
    ("I") or second person ("you").

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Part 3 of 4 Writing Your EssayUse transitions
between paragraphs to make the text flow logically
  • Transitions are a great way to show places where
    your sources support one another "Hallstrom's
    theory on price-fixing is supported by
    Pennington's paper 'Cliffhanger Economics,' where
    she makes the following points Show the
    committee that you are great at writing a
    synthesis essay.

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Part 4 of 4 Finalizing Your EssayRevise your
essay
  • One of the best tips for writing a synthesis
    essay. This is the time to strengthen arguments
    and improve transitions between points and
    paragraphs. You should try to make your argument
    as succinct and easy to follow as possible.
  • It helps to read your essay out loud because
    when you read out loud, you are more likely to
    notice awkward sentences or incoherent arguments.

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Part 4 of 4 Finalizing Your EssayProofread your
paper
  • Read through your paper and look for any
    grammar, punctuation or spelling errors. Are all
    of the names and proper nouns spelled correctly?
    Are there any run-on sentences or fragments?
    Correct them as you go.
  • Read the synthesis in academic writing aloud to
    guarantee that you don't accidentally add in or
    take out words when reading in your head.

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