Synthesizing PowerPoint

Deb Hanson
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  1. Teach your students to synthesize while reading by using these engaging resources:Begin by using the 32-slide Synthesizing PowerPoint to introduce the concept. In the first half of the PowerPoint, students will learn what it means to synthesize and view examples of how readers synthesize. The latter
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Would you like to teach your students to synthesize as they read? This PowerPoint is designed to introduce your students to the reading skill of synthesizing in a step-by-step manner. The first section provides a definition for synthesizing. It introduces students to three types of synthesis (adding information to your current understanding, modifying your current understanding, and completely changing your thinking), and it provides an example of each.

In the second part, students read SIX passages that will hopefully allow them to synthesize in some way. (Since synthesis is highly dependent upon your prior knowledge, it varies greatly from student to student.) The passages include two nonfiction passages, one persuasive essay, and three fiction passages.

Slides 1-4: Introduction to Synthesizing & a Definition

Slides 5-6: ADDING information to your current understanding.

Slides 7-8: MODIFYING information to your current understanding after learning that your prior knowledge was not accurate.

Slides 9-10: CHANGING your opinion on a topic after learning new information.

Slide 11: Review of the Three Types of Synthesizing

Slides 12-14: Practice Passage #1 (nonfiction article about deserts)

Slides 15-17: Practice Passage #2 (persuasive essay about keeping monkeys as pets)

Slides 18-20: Practice Passage #3 (nonfiction article about mosquitoes)

Slides 21-24: Practice Passage #4 (historical fiction passage about the Holocaust)

Slides 25-28: Practice Passage #5 (fiction passage about feeling nervous)

Slides 29-32: Practice Passage #6 (fiction passage about a boy with a physical disability)

A 2-page PowerPoint companion is also included in this file. Students can follow along on this handout and explain how they synthesized as you progress through the PowerPoint!

Also, be sure to check out the PREVIEW!

(The slides are animated so that the answers to the questions do not appear until after the teacher clicks, indicating the class is ready to see the answer.)


This resource is also included in my SYNTHESIZING BUNDLE.


Check out my related resources:

Synthesizing Worksheets: 5 Practice Passages

Let's Synthesize: A Poster with Sentence Starters, A Graphic Organizer, and Bookmarks

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34 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.


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