Synthesis Essay Unit – Should School Start Later?


Synthesis Writing: In this argument essay synthesis writing mini-unit, students will closely and critically read multiple sources on a single topic and then formulate an argument based on the readings.

This is an engaging argument essay that your students will want to write! Includes: writing prompt, prewriting, graphic organizers, outline, peer edit, rubric, and sources!

Should school start earlier?

This synthesis writing activity is common core-aligned. The argument essay includes everything you need from initial research on the topic to the grading rubric. This assignment is ideal for students in grades 9-12.

This file contains:

table of contents with a link to a Google Doc file containing links to articles and an editable assignment page

unit outline and suggestion page

synthesis writing student infographic

argument essay

prewriting organizer

reading and research notes organizer

evidence organizer

visual, essay-blocking organizer

thesis statement organizer

counter argument graphic organizer

two different essay outlines

peer editing form

100 point argument essay rubric

fill-in-the-blank essay rubric

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