How does Alice Dreger’s TED talk underscore the commentary being made about gender/gender norms/gender stereotypes in the “Sisterhood” and “Guy Code” articles? Write a 4-6 page essay in which you explore how the connections between these works answer this question. Consider the following: How do they speak to each other? How do they speak to the larger conversation? Is one a response to or an example of the other? What is the unifying element of each of these pieces?
Sources to Reference:
TED Talk – Alice Dreger
What is a synthesis essay?
A synthesis is a written discussion that draws on one or more sources. It follows that your ability to write syntheses depends on your ability to infer relationships among sources – essays, articles, fiction, and also nonwritten sources, such as lectures, interviews, observations. This process is nothing new for you, since you infer relationships all the time – say, between something you’ve read in the newspaper and something you’ve seen for yourself, or between the teaching styles of your favorite and least favorite instructors. In fact, if you’ve written research papers, you’ve already written syntheses. In an academic synthesis, you make explicit the relationships that you have inferred among separate sources.
The skills you’ve already been practicing in this course will be vital in writing syntheses. Clearly, before you’re in a position to draw relationships between two or more sources, you must understand what those sources say; in other words, you must be able to summarize these sources. It will frequently be helpful for your readers if you provide at least partial summaries of sources in your synthesis essays. At the same time, you must go beyond summary to make judgments – judgments based, of course, on your critical reading of your sources – as you have practiced in your reading responses and in class discussions. You should already have drawn some conclusions about the quality and validity of these sources; and you should know how much you agree or disagree with the points made in your sources and the reasons for your agreement or disagreement.
Further, you must go beyond the critique of individual sources to determine the relationship among them. Is the information in source B, for example, an extended illustration of the generalizations in source A? Would it be useful to compare and contrast source C with source B? Having read and considered sources A, B, and C, can you infer something else – D (not a source, but your own idea)?
Because a synthesis is based on two or more sources, you will need to be selective when choosing information from each. It would be neither possible nor desirable, for instance, to discuss in a ten-page paper on the battle of Wounded Knee every point that the authors of two books make about their subject. What you as a writer must do is select the ideas and information from each source that best allow you to achieve your purpose.
Summary of Grading Rubric
Content: Point of the essay is clear. Essay responds thoughtfully and comprehensively to the prompt and expresses a high level of analyses through insightful synthesis. Writer’s voice does not get lost. Essay is an example of a sophisticated expression of thought.
Organization: Introduction gains attention and good will, sets the tone, builds credibility. Transitions lead smoothly from one detail and or/paragraph to another. Ending (conclusion) ties the essay together.
Grammar/ Word Use/Mechanics: Grammar is correct. Word use is formal and appropriate to the topic. Capitalization and punctuation are correctly used. Essay is a good example of standard academic writing.
MLA Format: Appropriate in-text citations (MLA style) are used. Works Cited page (MLA style) is included (if needed). Writer adheres to MLA style for structuring essay.
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