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The Synthesis Essay {A Growing Bundle of Argumentative, Analytical Writing}

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7th - 12th
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    Every English teacher needs new ways to teach argument, rhetoric, and analytical writing. The Inquiry-Based Synthesis Essay is here to save the day!

    This argument essay is designed to help you out in a quick fix OR to teach in-depth rhetorical analysis. The essay can be scaffolded up or down, from highly difficult and challenging to ELL and SpEd friendly. In a nutshell: The essay question asks students to develop an argument about the question: is true love fantasy or destiny? Their job is to read the sources (articles, videos, etc.) provided, annotate them, look for evidence that supports each side, choose a side, and then finally compose an essay arguing to answer the question.

    What is a GROWING BUNDLE?

    A growing bundle is a one time purchase of the current products in the series. As more types of essays are added to my series of synthesis essays, you will get an email notification that an update is ready to download. Since you've already purchased the product, every new, additional essay is yours for free! Each of these essays sells for $5.00 each. Not only do you get the bundle discount, but you get all future essays FOR FREE. Simply head back to TpT and under MY PURCHASES, redownload the product for updates!

    Here's what you're getting in EACH of the synthesis essay packets:

    ೦ An easy to read Teacher Lesson Plan with an overview of the assignment and a daily implementation plan

    ೦ A single-page essay prompt sheet for students to use to break down the question and do initial brainstorming.

    ೦ A list of TEN specially curated sources for this particular question. Explore articles, videos, Ted Talks, infographics and more that all offer rich perspectives in answering the question "Is true love fantasy or destiny?" Each source is screened, hand-picked, and valuable for class discussion, homework assignments, and even small group work.

    ೦ An "evidence tracker" graphic organizer for students to use while reading and examining sources. Students keep track of evidence and which side of the argument is getting stronger as they read deeper and deeper into the ten different sources.

    ೦ TWO different essay outline options including clear directions and definitions for each part of a strong body paragraph. This product uses common core language (claim, subclaim, evidence, etc.)

    ೦ ALL sources are provided to you, the teacher, in Google Docs format. This means that you are free to edit, change, and customize each and every handout to meet your own personal teaching style. Also, you can assign this easily on Google Classroom OR simply print the handouts as-is.

    Currently, this product includes the following Synthesis Essay products. It also includes ALL future products created in the series:

    Questions? Feel free to ask in the Q&A section!



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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
    Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
    Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
    Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.


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