Write a synthesis essay on any 3 of the attached 4 articles, which presents your informed stance or opinion—your position—on any issue pertaining to the topic of “Social Class and Inequality.”
Brief presentation for each of the article separately.
- Title (properly documented)
- Author(s) or editor(s) — full names in the first mentioning
- Detailed explanation of your reasons for choosing this article.
Your introduction will (1) announce the topic, (2) provide background information essential to the readers’ understanding of the topic, and (3) state your thesis, which will be a direct assertive statement of your judgement or opinion on the issue of poverty. While presenting background information on the issue, briefly introduce the articles and synthesize relevant information from them.
In the body paragraphs of your essay, you will use synthesis to support your thesis. Draft your essay by quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing relevant supporting information from the articles, and synthesize this information in your own text. Avoid simply presenting information that you found in the reading sources; make sure to add your own commentary. Remember, a synthesis is NOT a compilation of summaries.
Be sure that each paragraph:
Begins with a topic sentence that states a particular point or reason in support of the thesis.
Includes specific passages from one or more sources (summarized, quoted, or paraphrased) that provide evidence for the topic sentence.
Includes your discussion of the material and explaination of how the passages support the point stated in the topic sentence.
In your conclusion, avoid a simple summary of the main points of your essay. Wrap up the content of your essay by (1) stressing the significance of your thesis; (2) predicting the consequences of your ideas; (3) calling your readers to action; or (4) ending with a question, an anecdote, or a quotation.
1. The essay needs to be written in the MLA format. The final draft should be at least 1,300 words, not including brief presentation of the articles
2. It is a requirement that the final draft of the essay is submitted to Turnitin, and that the Turnitin report score does not exceed 20%