Synthesis, or source based writing, is the new buzz word in education and in education reform that replaces the antiquated "research paper" in ALL disciplines. It is part of the PARCC, the Common Core and interestingly, something students will actually use in college! I have looked far and wide for resources on teaching this complicated type of writing to your average student and have found very little. As an AP Language teacher and college composition professor, I am VERY familiar with synthesis and here are three approaches to this process with four different graphic organizers PLUS an outline included. These methods are extremely student centered, making the final essay more polished and controlled (which makes me a happy reader!).