Monday, April 13, 2009

Pop Culture Synthesis Essay

Our first synthesis paper will be on Entering the Conversation question number 3 on page 787 (in the popular culture conversation section we’ve been working on).  Note that you must use at least three of our conversation sources, though you may also use any of the pop culture essays and articles we’ve read in class.

We will talk about this in class as well and be working through the conversation section essays this week, but I wanted to give you a heads up on this assignment.  Also you may have noticed that the planning page says this paper is due April 24th.  I will be gone that Friday and Saturday at a National Boards class and so thought you might appreciate the extra weekend since I wouldn’t be picking them up until Monday anyway.  I hope that doesn’t inconvenience anyone. :)

Synthesis Paper Requirements:

  • 1200 words
  • MLA format (page style, in-text citations, and works cited page — see MLA at Owl and Easybib links under the AP heading to the left as well as this post for class MLA modifications for help on this)
  • Synthesize at least three sources from the conversation section (other sources are okay, but not required on this essay)

Due: Monday, April 27th


  • Remember that your argument is paramount and your sources are there to support you, not the other way around
  • Key notes on Synthesis in our book are in chapter 3, especially the last sentence before the new section on page 62; the paragraph beginning “Sources should enhance” on page 65; and pages 81-85
  • Finish early and revise! When you revise, think about the following:
    • These revision guidelines
    • organization
    • how your sources interact with your audience (see p.69 ff.)
    • transitions!
    • remember that this is an argument, it’s just one that is both informed and formally supported
  • Write a clear, convincing, awesome essay!

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