However, at times your argumentative synthesis essays will include sections that are explanatory in nature.
THE ARGUMENT SYNTHESIS: The purpose of an argument synthesis is for you to present your own point of view - supported, of course, by relevant facts, drawn from sources, and presented in a logical manner. It makes a proposition about which reasonable people could disagree, and any two writers working with the same source materials could conceive of and support other, opposite theses.3.
If you imagine a synthesis essay as a room in which the synthesis writer is joined by the authors of her/his sources, the 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 essay has everyone engaged in conversation or debate, with everyone commenting on (or arguing against) each other's ideas directly.
In the 2.5 and below essay, each person in the room stands up in turn, gives a speech, and sits down, with little or no question and answer period in between or afterward.4.
You should already have drawn some conclusions about the quality and validity of these sources; and you should know how much you agree or disagree with the points made in your sources and the reasons for your agreement or disagreement.
Further, you must go beyond the critique of individual sources to determine the relationship among them.
The explanatory synthesis does not go much beyond what is obvious from a careful reading of the sources.
You will not be writing explanatory synthesis essays in this course.
USING YOUR SOURCES Your purpose determines not only what parts of your sources you will use but also how you will relate them to one another.
Since the very essence of synthesis is the combining of information and ideas, you must have some basis on which to combine them.