Language & Composition

Mr. Eure | Brewster High School

Assignment: Mock Synthesis Prompt (1)

Note: This is just the first part of the assignment. The second part will happen after the break. The caveat, of course, is that waiting until then to prepare all this will give you a bit of a headache; you ought to see what you can cobble together now, because you will need to free up mental space and processing power for what we’ll do on January 2.

Beginning on January 2, you will create an individual synthesis prompt—not an essay response, but the prompt that would generate an essay response. Click below to load the Google Drive folder with all the necessary materials:

You will see sample prompts, a guide to creating your own prompt, a template you can download and edit, and the beginning of a collection of sources. The latter is where you should focus your attention over the break. Note: You should not do any writing yet.

Your job is to find sources that are somehow—directly or indirectly—related to Santa Claus. As you read the guides to this process over the break, keep coming back to your list of sources. Save texts, pictures, and so on; link to websites; share out ideas through Google Groups or over email.

Our focus on Wednesday will be efficacy—the ability to produce a desired effect. That means weighing the sources you’ve gathered against each other in terms of a synthesis-driven conversation. Then we’ll build the prompts together.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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