Guidelines for the ENGL1010 Synthesis Essay代写
Essay 3: Synthesis is an important assignment that offers the opportunity to demonstrate
all that we have learned this semester about writing a formal essay at the college level.
Therefore, try to “build” on lessons learned by writing the other two major essays this semester.
Remember that the feedback from the instructor on those earlier essays was designed not only to
help us on those earlier essays but also to help us better understand our own reader’s
expectations when it comes to clarity and critical thinking, as well as the conventions of formal
writing. In other words, always apply to this next assignment whatever we had the opportunity
to learn from those earlier assignments. Yes, each of these major essay assignments is different
from the one(s) that preceded it, but this course is also about our coming to understand the basics
of good writing, whatever the assignment.
The purpose(s) of this assignment:
⮚ To demonstrate your ability to narrow down a topic of genuine interest to you, one
approved by your instructor.
⮚ To demonstrate your ability to find (in the library’s databases) and evaluate sources
containing information, new to you, about that topic. A minimum of 2 outside sources
for this essay must come from the databases. Other sources must be approved by your
instructor. (3-5 sources total should be used within the essay (3 voices in addition to your
own in each body point))
⮚ To demonstrate your ability to comprehend several texts on the same topic, some of
which may have been written for the general reading population but some of which
should contain challenging vocabulary and relevant data.
⮚ To demonstrate your ability to analyze the issues being presented by various writers, to
identify similar concerns or themes, and to grasp the complexity of the issues involved.
⮚ To arrive at your own position, informed by the data and ideas presented by others.
Preference is for a thesis-driven synthesis essay, which poses a valid argumentative
thesis, and sets out to prove that thesis – but the essay is not a full blown argument so
stops short of asking readers to do something about the issue. In other words, no call to
action should be in the conclusion.
⮚ This assignment is also intended to enable you to demonstrate your ability to use all
that you have learned this semester about how to structure, develop, revise, edit, and
proofread a formal essay.
This assignment does NOT require you to write an argumentative essay in which you present
information on both sides of a controversial topic; however, such an approach is allowable.
Because of the purpose(s) of the assignment, your choice of topic for this essay is subject to your
instructor’s approval, but should be something related to the theme you’ve been working in and
that you are genuinely curious about, and that you are committed to helping your reader
understand more fully.
One more suggestion: You would do well to begin this project with a number of questions about
your topic, the answer to any ONE of which might help you reach for your tentative thesis for
this essay. Do NOT want to do is approach this assignment with your mind already made up
about your position on this topic.
This project should be about starting out with questions you genuinely want to find the answers
to: some of them factual in nature, some of them more open-ended. Only by starting out this
way are you likely to end up with the kind of thesis needed for an essay of this nature.
Essay 3: Synthesis should ANSWER those questions.
Other requirements of this assignment:
⮚ Minimum-length requirement for this essay: 4 full pages, spilling onto a 5th page. (The
strongest synthesis essays typically exceed the minimum length, and they also typically
incorporate material from more than the minimum number of sources.
⮚ A minimum of 3 sources should be used in each body point for this essay. (likely a total
of 4-6 sources will be utilized in total for the whole essay). All sources must come from
the library’s databases (minimum of 3) or the articles in The Brief Bedford Reader. Any
sources NOT coming from the library’s databases or the articles in The Brief Bedford
Reader must be approved by the instructor.
⮚ Ideally, each body paragraph demonstrates your ability to “synthesize” material from at
least 3 of the sources. No body paragraph in this essay should merely summarize the
⮚ A separate Works Cited page and MLA in-text citations are, of course, required.
⮚ Given the assignment, first-person pronouns are generally NOT considered appropriate
for this assignment. (As always, second-person pronouns are NOT. Other conventions
of formal writing must be followed.) However, depending on your instructor’s view of
this assignment, introductions and conclusions have sometimes been approved to be
presented in first-person; the body paragraphs, never. You are encouraged to talk with
your instructor to make sure that you understand your primary reader’s expectations.
⮚ As always, before submitting your final draft, please review the English department’s
official Essay Evaluation form, which your instructor will use to evaluate your essay.
⮚ Depending on the “weight” of this assignment, this essay’s final score will account for
anywhere from 20-25% of your final course grade. This calculation is based on the final
draft’s “weight” as counting, first of all, as a stand-alone assignment (worth anywhere
from 10% to 15% of the final course grade) and, second, as one-fourth of the final
portfolio’s score (meaning another 10% of the final course grade)