Synthesis Essay Unit – Should We Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws?


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 We Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws?

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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