Project #87856 - synthesis essay

 

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Writing Assignment #3: Synthesis Essay

Writing Assignment #3 will be a synthesis essay.


General Description from the syllabus

In this essay, students will be given three or more pieces of text.  They will then annotate the information in the texts and write an analysis of the texts.  In the analysis, they will determine major themes that the authors communicated and will synthesize the main themes in an essay.  An informative synthesis will inform a reader of the meaning of various authors’ texts.  An argumentative synthesis will persuade a reader by making a claim from the authors’ texts.  Students will be given a choice as to which type of essay, informative or argumentative, they will write.  The paper will be written in at least two drafts. 

 


Approach and Requirements
In chapter 9 of your textbook, A Brief to Writing from Readings, Stephen Wilhoit writes on page 171, “in a synthesis, you combine information from two or more readings to support a position of your own.”   In writing a synthesis, you will read the articles assigned to you, organize the material from the articles into themes, and construct the essay around those themes.

For this writing assignment, you will write either an informative or argumentative synthesis essay.  Chapter 9 in Wilhoit’s book describes the informative synthesis essay, while chapter 10 describes the argumentative synthesis essay.  You will employ the alternating form in your synthesis essay.

You will write a synthesis that incorporates material from the following articles:

·         “Teaching, Learning, and Millennial Students,” by Maureen E. Wilson

·         “Preferred Learning Methods of the Millennial Generation,” by Arlene J. Nicholas

·         “Generational Differences in Using Online Learning Systems,” by James L. Stapleton, H. Joseph Wen, Dave Starrett, and Michelle Kilburn

You will cite these sources throughout the paper and list these sources at the end of the paper using APA format

 


 

Your essay should have the following:

·         A title page in APA format

 

·         an introduction with a thesis statement.

Wilhoit explains on page 198 the components of the introduction in an informative synthesis essay.  He explains on page 226 the components of the introduction of an argumentative synthesis essay. 

 

·         at least three body paragraphs

You will want to follow the alternating format of organization for your essay.  This format is explained by Wilhoit on pages 199-200 for the informative synthesis essay and on page 228 for the argumentative synthesis essay. 

 

·         a concluding paragraph

Strategies in writing the concluding paragraph are explained by Wilhoit on page 201 for the informative synthesis essay and on page 229 for the argumentative synthesis essay.

 

·         A References page listing the three articles in APA format.

 

In addition, the formatting of the entire paper should be in APA style.  A video tutorial on how to format your paper in APA style is available at the following url:

http://www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/writingresources/multimedia.cfm#APAFormat_new

 

Length: 1200-1500 words

Some strategies to consider when writing this essay:
On pages 208-211, Wilhoit demonstrates several strategies in writing an informative synthesis.  On pages 260-263, he demonstrates several strategies in writing an argumentative synthesis.  Please peruse the pages that correspond to the approach you will take in your synthesis essay.

Before you submit the essay to your instructor, proofread the summary for grammatical, punctuation, and other errors.

 


will attach the 3 articles that need to be read for this assignment.

 

please follow this organizational plan...

1. I believe my essay will be Informative, however after reading all three articles I think there are two different conclusions on millennials and their preference to technology in the classroom. I will try to stay on track of the informative essay but if the flow changes it may turn into an argumentative essay. This is hard to answer because I may change my mind when I am actually writing my essay. The goal of an informative essay is to clearly and efficiently communicate the information from two or more sources, this will be my agenda.

2. Citations:

A common misconception is that Millennials since they are digital natives raised with technology, prefer a high level of technology integration in college classes. (Stapleton, Wen, Starrett, and Kilburn, 2007 p. 103).

Millennials expect communication via technology and "may be intolerant of those who are technologically challenged (Nicholas, 2008 p. 28). 

It is emphasized that faculty need to develop a conceptual rationale for incorporating technology into their teaching, identifying how it fits with their philosophy of teaching and learning (Wilson, 2004 p.67). 

References:

Stapleton, J. L., Wen, H. J., Starrett, D., & Kilburn, M. (2007). Generational differences in using online learning systems. Human Systems Management26(2), 99-109.

Nicholas, A. J. (2008). Preferred Learning Methods of the Millennial Generation. International Journal Of Learning15(6), 27-34.

Wilson, M. E. (2004). Teaching, learning, and millennial students. New Directions For Student Services, (106), 59-71.

3. Thesis:

Stapleton, Wen, Starrett and Kilburn believe that Millennials prefer only a moderate use of technology in the classroom, whereas Wilson and Nicholas disagree.

or....

Wilson and Nicholas, Stapleton, Wen, Starrett and Kilburn have different views on Millennials and their preference to the use of technology in the classroom.

(Still working on this, so let’s say it’s a "working thesis", which one sounds better???)

4. Organizational Plan:

Opening section:

      Topic: Millennials and their preference of the use of technology in the classroom.

      Thesis: *see #3

 

Body:

Millennials have a high expectancy of technology to be used in the classroom. 

Stapleton, Wen, Starrett and Kilburns views on the topic in relation to the other authors.

Wilson views on the topic in relation to the other authors.

Nicholas views on the topic in relation to the author authors.

Millennials preferred learning method. 

Stapleton, Wen, Starrett and Kilburns views on the topic in relation to the other authors.

Wilson views on the topic in relation to the other authors.

Nicholas views on the topic in relation to the author authors.

Conclusion:

5. Questions....

Am I on the right track?

I am so confused as to how to alternate in relation to the other authors views without it being an argumentative essay, any suggestions?

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 10/23/2015 12:00 am
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