synthesis assignment 1

English 102: Writing as a Way of Knowing, Synthesis Assignment

Choose any two of the readings assigned prior to April 12th on the course syllabus and, using the techniques we have discussed, write an essay thoroughly demonstrating how individual aspects of those pieces can be synthesized to form a new idea. You must directly engage with the texts you choose in formulating your synthesis. This means you will have to make use of direct quotations and examples from the texts you discuss. Use the latest MLA Style Guide for formatting both the citations within your paper (in-text/parenthetical citations) and your “works cited” page at the end of your paper. The course text, Emerging, is the only text you should be referencing for this paper. Consult the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL) website for detailed help with all aspects of proper MLA style formatting: (Links to an external site.)

Assignment Guidelines:

Assignments should be formatted as follows:

  • 12-point font
  • Times New Roman
  • 1” inch margins
  • Double-spaced
  • Page numbers and your last name in the upper right-hand corner of every page
  • 3-5 pages in length (this means at least 3 full pages of text, not 2 full pages and half of a third)
  • Course Text:
    Barrios, Barclay. Emerging: Contemporary Readings for Writers, 2nd edition.

Course Schedule

All readings listed are found in the course textbook, Emerging, or posted here in the “Readings” folder of the “Files” section

Week 1

Th 16 Jan Intro to course

Week 2

T 21 Jan Discussion of academic writing and scholarship

Th 23 Jan “Ethics and the New Genetics” (132–142)

Week 3

T 28 Jan “Faith and Diplomacy” (34–44)

Th 30 Jan “AIDS, Inc.” (151–163)

Week 4

T 4 Feb Critical Analysis Assignment Workshop

Th 6 Feb “ Selections from Once Upon a Quinceañera” (45-63)

Week 5

T 11 Feb “It Gets Better and Action Makes it Better” (425-433)

Th 13 Feb “After Life” (Posted on Canvas, 87-102)

Week 6

T 18 Feb “Ghetto Bitches, China Dolls, and Cha Cha Divas” (396-409)

Th 20 Feb LIB 102 Assignment Intro. and Synthesis Assignment Workshop

Su 23 Feb Critical Analysis Assignment Due (Post to Canvas by 11:59pm)

Week 7

T 25 Feb “Preface and The New Civil Rights” (551-560)

Th 27 Feb “Making Conversation and The Primacy of Practice” (75-83)

Week 8

T 3 Mar “The End of Race: Hawaii and the Mixing of Peoples” (333-345)

Th 5 Mar “Community and Diversity” (322-329)

Week 9

T 10 Mar Spring Break – No Class

Th 12 Mar Spring Break – No Class

Week 10

T 17 Mar LIB 102: Scholarship as Conversation and Background Information (Crown 111)

Th 19 Mar LIB 102: Popular and Scholarly Resources (Crown 111)

Week 11

T 24 Mar “What’s Black, Then White, and Said All Over” (434-449)

Th 26 Mar “What’s Black, Then White, and Said All Over” (449-458)

Week 12

T 31 Mar “False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana” (Posted on Canvas, 453-465)

Th 2 Apr “False Identifications: Minority Populations Mourn Diana” (Posted on Canvas, 465-476)

Week 13

T 7 Apr Final Research Paper Workshop

Th 9 Apr Easter Break – No Class

Su 12 Apr Synthesis Assignment Due (Post to Canvas by 11:59pm)

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