Need your students to practice synthesizing before the AP test? This collection of PDF files is everything you need for a great synthesis essay assignment. I created this assignment in conjunction with a pre-AP 10th grade study of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream", but it could easily be used without studying the play.
The assignment: students will synthesize three of the seven given sources to answer the questions "What is reality?".
Included in the zip file:
*Synthesis Writing Introduction Powerpoint to inform students of the writing process
*Assignment Sheet and seven sources to synthesize (sources are varied in type--graph, quote, article, blog post--and viewpoint)
*Alternative assignment sheet and six sources for those you do not want/need to include Hebrews 11 (Christian Bible)
*Pre-writing activity to help students comprehend sources and decipher connections
*Detailed grading rubric to break down components of the essay
--Could also be easily modified to work with "Hamlet"