Synthesizing is one of the most complicated tasks we can ask students to accomplish. If they can synthesize, they are well on their way to understanding, analyzing, and explaining what they read as well as being able to write intelligent research papers. When I use the word "synthesize" with my students, they often look at me like I'm speaking a foreign language. For this reason, I developed a "no fear" minilesson that I use to introduce the concept of synthesizing in a student-friendly manner.
In this file, you will receive the 9 slide PDF secured PowerPoint I use to introduce the skill as well as guided notes for student use. The brief, clear, and engaging content of the presentation will help students to understand the abstract skill of synthesizing. A link to a short video clip is included to provide an extra layer of understanding by utilizing a different learning style.
In addition, you will find a whole class or small group activity (Internet access is required) that will help students to grasp the concept by researching possible college choices. My freshmen students have fun with it, but it would be engaging for any age in high school, or even a motivated junior high pupil.
The main purpose of this one-day lesson is to help students better understand what readers and writers are doing when they synthesize in order to prepare them to write a research paper using multiple sources.
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