Sources: (choose any 3)
- Obesity rises despite all efforts to fight it, U.S. officials say” by Sabrina Tavernise (2015)
- Hansstein, F. V. (2016). The impact of breastfeeding on early childhood obesity: evidence from the national survey of children’s health. American Journal of Health Promotion, 30(4), 250-258.
- Porter, C.M. (2013). Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from Three US Case Studies.Childhood Obesity, Vol.9, Issue No. 2.
- “Community Action to Prevent Childhood Obesity” by Christine M. Porter, Ph.D.
This activity will allow you to practice using the synthesis worksheet in preparation for creating an outline of your explanatory synthesis paper.
Using the third source you selected on the previous page, complete the following synthesis worksheet (attached to this order):
For the “topics of interest” in the left column, try to select questions that are broad and open-ended. The goal is to have some notes to place in each box, and if your “topics” are too specific, then they might not apply to all three sources. For example, the writer used the following questions for the “topics of interest”:
• Why do people seek out tiny homes?
• What benefits do tiny homes offer?
• What are barriers to building or owning tiny homes?
These questions are general enough that the writer could find relevant information easily in all three sources.
The remaining columns on your worksheet should contain some basic notes on how each source relates to your “topics of interest.” Then you can use the questions below to help you begin the synthesis process.
Synthesizing the Information in the Three Sources
After completing the worksheet, answer the following questions. You may also choose to use a highlighter to point out the similarities and differences among the three sources (see the sample synthesis worksheet). By answering these questions, you are synthesizing the information in the three sources.
In the first two questions, you are asked to address just ONE of the “topics of interest” you selected. Take what you learn about synthesizing the sources according to one topic of interest and apply it to the other two topics of interest.
1. Based on the synthesis worksheet, choose ONE of the “topics of interest” you wrote down. Then, write 3-5 sentences in the textbox below that explain how the sources view this topic of interest similarly.
2. Based on the synthesis worksheet and using the “topic of interest” you selected for question #1 above, write 3-5 sentences in the textbox below that explain how the sources view this topic of interest differently.
3. Now take a step back and think of the big picture depicted on your worksheet. Is there an overarching issue or topic that connects the three sources? Try to compose a sentence that captures this connecting theme. Below are a couple examples of how you could frame this sentence:
In Source A, Source B, and Source C, the writers all argue that _______________. ____________, and __________________.
The three authors believe that ______________________, ________________, and _____________________.
Your answer to Question 3 may become a rough publish of your thesis statement* for your explanatory synthesis paper. Remember that a publish is not a final version, so you will certainly rework and revise this sentence several times before it is a solid thesis.
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Address the following:
1. Your forecasting thesis statement
2. Your first topic sentence that connects to the first supporting point that’s forecasted in your thesis statement
3. Your second topic sentence that connects to the second supporting point that’s forecasted in your thesis statement
4. Your third topic sentence that connects to the third supporting point that’s forecasted in your thesis statement