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TODAY’S GOALS Discuss important skills for timed writing Review relevant material for the final exam Practice outlining for a timed writing exam
SYNTHESIS ESSAY THESIS Original, original, original Related to the topics of the articles you have reviewed without repeating their ideas Does not need to mention the articles you will analyze (do this in your forecasting) Make it arguable and not just a statement; this will aid you when providing support for your thesis It may help to focus on a thesis question which your thesis statement will answer. This thesis question can also serve as a powerful tool to hook readers in your introduction Should likely appear in one of the first 1-2 paragraphs of your essay
SYNTHESIS ESSAY FORECASTING DOES need to mention all articles you will be summarizing Must also mention the supporting points you will use to argue for your thesis Should occur almost directly after your thesis You must summarize three articles in the body paragraphs of your essay. These are the sources that must be forecasted. You may use additional sources for supporting information, but these sources do not need to be summarized or forecasted (although you must cite them normally)
TIMED WRITING SKILLS Ability to store and access appropriate knowledge into an organized essay Ability to quickly analyze the specific requirements of an exam question Ability to deal with pressure, text anxiety, and time constraints
TIMED WRITING KEY TERMS See pg 600 Analyze, apply, argue, compare, contrast, construct, critique, define, discuss, enumerate, evaluate, explain, identify, illustrate, prove, review, summarize, and trace Each key term has specific response strategies and tells you the type of information you should include in your response
IMPORTANT STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS Follow directions! Have a clear and strong thesis Have coherent organization with transitions Support each part of your argument with evidence (rhetorical appeals can be helpful here) Have an independent analysis and argument. Be original. Have a conclusion. It need not be long or fancy but should recapitulate your important points
GROUP ACTIVITY 1: ANALYZE ESSAY QUESTIONS In your synthesis topic groups Read the passage on page 603 and questions on pg. 604 Determine which of the four questions best fits the essay and provide an explanation (3+ sentences using examples from the text) as to why
MOST IMPORTANT CONCEPTS Angle of Vision Rhetorical Context: Purpose Audience Genre Rhetorical Appeals Ethos Pathos Logos
FINAL EXAM REVIEW Rhetorical Concept Literacy Narrative GenreOpen form, concrete language, autobiographical narrative, implicit theme AudienceStudents at fiu, your peers, professor, informal audience, PurposeTell a story about who you are Angle of VisionLessons we’ve learned, important events, settings, characters. Leave out embarrassing details, unimportant events EthosTrue Story about you. PathosEmotions you’re feeling, descriptive language, relatable problem and resolution LogosDates, specific descriptions/details. Weakest appeal in literacy narrative
FINAL EXAM REVIEW Rhetorical Concept Strong Response GenreClosed form. Thesis driven. Strong argument/reaction. Transitions. Blended strong response: rhetorical analysis, ideas critique, reflection AudienceTeachers and professors. Educated ppl. More formal PurposeAgree/disagree with article. Rhetorical analysis. Support argument with details. Provide own ideas/exp Angle of VisionElements that support your argument. Leave out counterarguments EthosQuote the author, personal experience with the issue PathosWord choice. Examples from the article. Real life events. LogosExamples from article. Quoting statistics/dates.
FINAL EXAM REVIEW Rhetorical Concept Synthesis essay GenreClosed form. Very formal. Persuasive/research writing. Thesis driven. Academic conversation AudienceAcademic conversation with writers. Professors, educated ppl, writers PurposeProvide your own viewpoint in academic conversation, persuade, analyze/summarize Angle of VisionDetails that support argument. Leave out personal experiences/first person. Don’t state thesis/ideas too strongly EthosCredible sources, quotes from articles, research PathosExamples from sources, imagery. Weakest appeal here. LogosDates/statistics/facts from sources. Logical conclusion/combination
GROUP ACTIVITY : TIMED WRITING PRACTICE In the same groups Read the two example essay prompts on page 607 and prompt 3 at the end of this slide Create a detailed outline for each prompt. Make sure to include: a thesis, forecasting, and the main points of your supporting paragraphs (You do not need to write a full essay, just the outline) Prompt 3 : During the course of the class, we have discussed how all writing has a rhetorical context that affects its form and content. Discuss and illustrate how the three elements of rhetorical context have shaped the essays we have written in this class. Be sure to include specific examples with quotes from each of the major essays.
HOMEWORK Read A&B 595-608 (optional) Continue working on Synthesis essays Review concepts we discussed in class for final exam Angle of Vision Rhetorical Context: Purpose Audience Genre Rhetorical Appeals Ethos Pathos Logos Portfolio: Final Draft Bring to the final exam on Friday (you will need it for the exam) It should contain your: literacy narrative, strong response essay, and synthesis essay draft