Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay

Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
Outliers Synthesis (Research) Essay
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This synthesis research paper prompt is inspired by Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success. I have used this prompt with on-level 11th grade English and AP Language and Composition. Right now, all of the materials are for AP Lang students, but can easily be modified for on-level students (I just don't require on-level students to synthesize a visual source for evidence).

I have included: the prompt, a sample excerpt from Gladwell's Outliers about Bill Gates to model the type of synthesis I expect from students (and to pique student interest), a topic ticket handout, source card templates, sample Works Cited page (MLA 8th edition), outline templates and a sample outline, a peer review guide, and a grading rubric.

Students usually enjoy this research paper because of the amount of freedom they have to research an "outlier" of choice; I always encourage them to select someone who practices a craft or skill they too are interested in! I am always impressed by their level of synthesis and their arguments for how and why someone is "successful." After the papers are turned in, I always let students earn extra credit by giving a brief presentation about their selected outlier (just an idea!). The presentations are fun to watch, and they also teach students about other noteworthy intellectuals, innovators, athletes, actors/actresses, musicians, mathematicians, etc.
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