Purpose: Craft an essay that synthesizes your research. At this point, your goal is to present the dominant claimsfound in your researchabout your selected topic. Your goal is not to agree or disagree with the authors that you include in your essay; however, you will have the opportunity to incorporate your own views about the topic in the concluding paragraph.
Use your Assignment 4.1 submission in order to craft a cohesive review of your selected sources about a specific topic.
Your essay should contain an introduction, conclusion, and at least three body paragraphs.
The introduction must contain a thesis (e.g., what research specifically informs
readers about the selected topic). The introduction, an overview of your research,
should outline the specific topic that you are addressing and its importance to readers.
In the body paragraphs, address 3-5 specific claims that surfaced in your research; note
whether these claims are consistent in all of your research or whether disagreement (or
a difference in focus) exists. Ensure that topic sentences are specific claims and that
paragraphs are well-developed with textual examples (that are properly cited).
The conclusion should contain a restatement of the thesisas well as recommendations
for the future (in terms of research or social/cultural changes). In the conclusion, take
the opportunity to share your own personal view about the topic and/or ideas that are
expressed in your research.
Read your essay again, and refer back to the More About the Synthesis Essay Assignment page to make sure your essay meets these requirements.
Make sure you leave enough time to submit your draft to Smarthinking/Free Tutoring for review on thesis and content development – do this as many times as needed.
Criteria on which you will be graded: A good grade on this assignment (the Rough Draft) reflects that you have completed this assignment to specifications. It does not mean that your final paper will earn the same grade. Your instructor may highlight instances of editorial errors; and, while points will not be deducted for grammar, spelling, and plagiarism mistakes here, incomprehensible writing will not earn a “passing grade.”
Rough drafts will graded on content (claims, supporting arguments)
Rough drafts will be graded on organization and logic (transitions, flow)
Rough drafts will be graded on engagement with the texts and how you engage them in conversation
Points may be deducted if the following format is not followed:
On the first page of your assignment, include your name, date, and assignment name
Font format: 12pt in a standard serif font such as Times New Roman, double spaced
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