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1 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham An explanatory synthesis is a written discussion that draws on two or more sources in order to explain the how or why of a topic-- and depends on your ability to infer relationships between your sources. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE An explanatory synthesis is a written discussion that draws on two or more sources in order to explain the how or why of a topic-- and depends on your ability to infer relationships between your sources.

2 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Before beginning your paper, Knowing your sources FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources Before beginning your paper, write a 1-paragraph summary of your various versions and all other source materials. Begin by listing scenes that are similar; then listing scenes that are different. List academic and cultural commentary and criticism of your story/stories or a topic represented in your story/stories.

3 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources Knowing your sources Before beginning your paper, write a 1-paragraph summary of your various versions and all other source materials. Begin by listing scenes that are similar; then listing scenes that are different. List academic and cultural commentary and criticism of your story/stories or a topic represented in your story/stories. What basic idea floats to the top? What strikes me the most about the material? Which idea gives me some level of energy? Are commentators in agreement? disagreement? compliment each other? add further to each other? How do I feel about the ideas of other scholars and writers?

4 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources What basic idea floats to the top? What strikes me the most about the material? Which idea gives me some level of energy? Are commentators in agreement? disagreement? compliment each other? add further to each other? How do I feel about the ideas of other scholars and writers?

5 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources What basic idea floats to the top? What strikes me the most about the material? Which idea gives me some level of energy? Are commentators in agreement? disagreement? compliment each other? add further to each other? How do I feel about the ideas of other scholars and writers?

6 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources What basic idea floats to the top? What strikes me the most about the material? Which idea gives me some level of energy? Are commentators in agreement? disagreement? compliment each other? add further to each other? How do I feel about the ideas of other scholars and writers?

7 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources What basic idea floats to the top? What strikes me the most about the material? Which idea gives me some level of energy? Are commentators in agreement? disagreement? compliment each other? add further to each other? How do I feel about the ideas of other scholars and writers?

8 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources What basic idea floats to the top? What strikes me the most about the material? Which idea gives me some level of energy? Are commentators in agreement? disagreement? compliment each other? add further to each other? How do I feel about the ideas of other scholars and writers? THESIS

9 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources THESIS 2. Thesis Write your thesis. Define the point you want to make about these stories. Remember, this is an explanatory synthesis, so your thesis needs to reflect a how or why idea.

10 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis sample thesis WHY: HOW: Pretty Woman falls short of being a feminist Cinderella story. because Cinderella never does realize her true self one more time a heroine fails to question the identity given her by men

11 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis sample thesis Fairy tales evolve to reflect cultural changes in attitude. WHY: HOW: because what used to be acceptable is no longer acceptable Grimm Brothers violence has been softened

12 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis sample thesis WHY: HOW: Disneys Cinderella leaves out all the gory details of the Grimm Brothers in order to soften for children the harshness of the worlds oldest genre. I dont know why; parents routinely subject their children to violence. birds plucking out eyes is replaced reversed servitude.

13 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Your PURPOSE will direct your essay. For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis

14 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Your PURPOSE will direct your essay. For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale.

15 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Your PURPOSE will direct your essay. For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale.

16 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Your PURPOSE will direct your essay. For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale.

17 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Your PURPOSE will direct your essay. For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. then offer judgment-- creating critical ideas about those sources

18 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham Your PURPOSE will direct your essay. For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis For our class, your purpose is to clearly explain through synthesis (using two or more versions of a fairy tale and other scholarly discussion), the how or why of an idea that you have come to understand by reading the tale. then...INTEGRATE 3. offer judgment-- creating critical ideas about those sources

19 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis decide which scenes, which quotes, what evidence will support your thesis. decide what authors / versions support you? draw the connections--who says the same thing? what scenes are different from each other? 4. determine relationship between your sources PURPOSE 3. offer judgment-- creating critical ideas about those sources

20 © Brenda Wilbee 2004 drawing by Arthur Rackham FOUNDATION PURPOSE INTEGRATE 1. Sources 2. Thesis 4. determine relationship between your sources PURPOSE 3. offer judgment-- creating critical ideas about those sources In way of example, moving from theory to reality, well do all this as a class.


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