Objective Synthesis Table Assignment
Due September 14, 2004
Synthesis is an important conceptual and writing skill. Sometimes we synthesize material to develop our own point or perspective on an issue (purposive synthesis); other times, we use synthesis to capture how readings come together, but without trying to bring our own perspective in (objective synthesis).
An objective synthesis paper is one in which you explore the key points and ideas on an issue. An objective synthesis is OBJECTIVE because it does not contain your opinion or argument. Instead, you’re working to bring together (to synthesize) what other authors think/say/write about those key points and ideas. Think of the Objective Synthesis as your overview of an issue, including a review of what key authors (our texts) have written about that issue.
There are several steps to building an Objective Synthesis.
We’ve done 1), and have done some important work on 2). We’ll continue this, move to 3) and 4) over the next week, and then get to the first draft of our Objective Synthesis Paper on 9/21.
Your assignment is to identify 4 (or more) key points or ideas that at least 2 of our 3 readings have in common (Omi and Winant, Gladwell, Nagel). What are some of the key points or “themes” in race and ethnicity that we can see across the readings?
*Give each point a name or label – in other words, identify the
Your Table Should Look Something Like This
You supply the labels for the themes, and the content that goes in the cells of the table. I suggest using MSWord's Table feature to help you keep things lined up. (Table > Insert Table...)
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