Steps to Write a Synthesis Essay

By Wang He and Hunter Fidler

Step 1

Understand the concept, make insightful connections between given sources, with the goal of ultimately presenting and supporting a claim about a topic.

Step 2

Choose a topic, the topic should be broad enough for pulling several related sources together, but not so broad as to bring widely disparate sources together.

Step 3

Choose and read your sources carefully, usually want to select at least three sources for your essay, and possibly one or two more, depending on the amount of time you have to research and write it.

Step 4

Develop a thesis statement, read the sources you are provided with, or have done your own outside research, you will have to come up with an opinion on your topic.

Step 5

Outline the structure of your essay, include intro paragraph, body paragraphs and conclusion paragraph.

Step 6

Write your essay, be sure to use high level vocabs, cite the sources and ignore runon sentences. Be sure to watch the time!