Here is the Synthesis strategy list:
- Write a strong, 3 part introduction: General overview of issue, Opposing viewpoints on the issue, Your response to the issue (thesis).
- Make your argument CENTRAL–avoid summarizing the sources.
- Smoothly incorporate sources. Introduce them with your words, transition to your argument with smooth word choice that strongly introduces your point of view.
- Use verbal cues and smooth transitions, especially when introducing text evidence and then transitioning to your own argument (see #3). That is, put clear transition language between the They Say/I Say parts of the essay.
- Fully develop evidence–this means the evidence you provide in reaction to the sources.
- Provide solutions: what should be done specifically (this is the evidence mentioned in #4)? Move beyond just identifying the problems.
- Pay attention to arrangement of evidence and of your body paragraphs as a whole.
- Crystallize your argument in the thesis, the final sentence of each argument you make, and in the conclusion–this is the rule of 3.
- Use clear, concise and widely understandable word choice–No need to be fancy.
- Keep Calm, Stick to your Claim, Have Confidence that you have the Solutions!