Synthesis Moves that Matter

Here is the Synthesis strategy list:

  1. Write a strong, 3 part introduction: General overview of issue, Opposing viewpoints on the issue, Your response to the issue (thesis).
  2. Make your argument CENTRAL–avoid summarizing the sources.
  3. Smoothly incorporate sources. Introduce them with your words, transition to your argument with smooth word choice that strongly introduces your point of view.
  4. 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.
  5. Fully develop evidence–this means the evidence you provide in reaction to the sources.
  6. Provide solutions: what should be done specifically (this is the evidence mentioned in #4)? Move beyond just identifying the problems.
  7. Pay attention to arrangement of evidence and of your body paragraphs as a whole.
  8. Crystallize your argument in the thesis, the final sentence of each argument you make, and in the conclusion–this is the rule of 3.
  9. Use clear, concise and widely understandable word choice–No need to be fancy.
  10. Keep Calm, Stick to your Claim, Have Confidence that you have the Solutions!
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