SYNTHESIS # 1 WORKSHOP What I noticed… Most people Used quotes Tried to integrate their quotes Referenced their quotes Referred to the titles and authors in their topic sentence Used a point by point comparison Had good ideas But…. Many people Misunderstood As Did the prompt result, they gave the wrong information not introduce the characters “they” Did not integrate quotes properly or explain them Did not provide a concluding sentence for each paragraph Did not use transition words between ideas Misunderstood the question In a multi-paragraph (3 or more paragraphs) expository essay of at least 300 words, discuss the qualities that Erik Weihenmayer in “Blindy He Goes …Up” and Uncle Jim in “Versabraille” share in facing their challenges. You must refer to both passages. What are qualities? Did not introduce characters Throughout the passages, “Blindly He Goes…Up” by Steve Rushin and “Versabraille” by Bill Schermbrucker, they share similarities when dealing with their challenges. Who is they? We don’t know! Introducing Characters Erik Weihenmayer in “Blindy He Goes …Up” by Steve Rushin and Uncle Jim in “Versabraille” by Bill Schermbrucker, both share the same qualities. Integrating quotes You need to introduce your quote It cannot just appear in your writing. This means, do no start a sentence with a quote. Use an introductory phrase Introductory Phrases For example, “blah blah blah” (para 4). For instance, “blah blah blah” (para 5). In the story, it says “ blah blah blah” (para 3). [Character name] states, “blah blah blah” (para 8). More sophisticated introductions He states that he does not climb Everest “because it’s there” but rather “because we’re here” (para 6). In addition, to his own daily obstacles, Jim was “raising money to buy Versabraille machines” and “speaking out against guide dogs” (para 3). Integrating the quote into part of your point is harder. Concluding Sentences For each paragraph you write, you must have a concluding sentence. This ties together your points and reinforces your thesis. Examples See handout. Use transition words The best way to synthesize information is to use transition words to connect your ideas together. Look at your transition words sheet. Which words can be used when comparing? Example See handout. Questions? Practice Task Plan out an essay using the same two stories, for each of the 4 other types of questions. 1. Compare/Contrast 2. Character X vs. character Y. 3. Who is better… 4. Asses… 1. Compare and Contrast Compare and contrast how Erik Weihenmayer from “Blindy He Goes…Up” and Jim from “Versabrailles” deal with their challenges. 2. Character X vs. Character Y Discuss the ways in which Erik Weihenmayer in “Blindly He Goes…Up” would likely respond to Jim in “Versabraille”. 3. Who is better… Which character Erik Weihenmayer in “Blindly He Goes…Up” or Uncle Jim in “Versabraille” is the better role model for people who are blind. You must refer to both passages in your essay 4. Assess… Assess the role that optimism plays in the lives of Eric Weihenmayer in “Blindy He Goes…Up” and Uncle Jim in “Versabraille”.