Informative Synthesis Rough Draft
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
- Textbook: Chapters 5, 6, 7
- File: Presentation: Evaluating Sources
- Week 4 Discussion 2 (Synthesis)
- File: Presentation – Academic Writing (review, especially section on evaluating sources; in Week 2)
- Link: ENG141 Library Guide
- Minimum of 4 scholarly resources
An Informative Synthesis essay is INFORMATIVE (i.e. not persuasive) in nature, and serves the purpose of describing how your sources' arguments relate to one another, and to your own argument.
Using the topic that you have chosen for the week 7 Research Essay (from your topic proposal in week 3), write an Informative Synthesis essay that describes and synthesizes your sources that you are gathering for the week 7 Research Essay. The best way to approach an Informative Synthesis is to first describe your overall research topic, and then discuss how each of your sources' arguments relate to one another (for example, how does author A's argument or position support, refute, or continue the conversation from Author B's argument?) Essentially, you are discussing how each argument specifically relates to each other. Finally, you will conclude your Informative Synthesis by discussing how your four sources' arguments support your developing argument. For example, does Author A's argument give you information that directly supports your claim, or does that author's argument provide opposing points to your argument? Similarly, does Author A's argument make you expand your range of thinking about your own position? How? Those are some of the ways that you can discuss how your sources support your own argument.
Remember: This activity requires critical reading, and understanding of an argument or position as a whole, rather than simply choosing quotes from a source. It is INFORMATIVE (not persuasive) in nature, meaning that you are telling your audience how your sources relate to one another, and to your argument, rather than trying to convince your audience of something.
This activity also requires research in the Tiffin Library. Please review the ENG141 Library Guide link for more information about the library and to view tutorials on navigating the library, conducting research, and evaluating sources, among other topics.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- 3-4 pages (approx. 300 words per page), not including title page or references page
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page with topic and name of student
- References page (minimum of 4 resources)