Open the PDF file below to read the guidelines for your synthesis essay. This essay is due November 18 before you leave for Thanksgiving break.
Sample Paragraph and Notes
Click this link for the sample paragraphs we discussed in class on Monday, November 28. These are the paragraphs that contain in-text citation and lead-in sentences. These paragraphs are a good example of how to use a source without simply summarizing your source. Also included here are some essential questions to consider about your essay.
For your "Works Cited," you will be required to use MLA format for citation. Follow this link for the best guide to citing your paper appropriately. This is Purdue's Writing Lab and it is by far the best resource for understanding how to cite your sources.
Use EasyBib, an online application, that makes your citations for you. You will, however, need to collect all the information it asks for in the form.
READ THIS: The reason for in-text citations is to connect your reader to the source that you are using to prove your point. It is to say, "Hey, here is the source I am using, and here is how I am using it."
Here is a sample MLA paper from Purdue's Online Writing Lab that uses in-text citations. Do not worry about reading the paper, but look at the way it is formatted and how the Works Cited page goes with the in-text (parenthetical) citations. Really, the paper and the way the sources are put together , it's more of a summary of sources so be wary of using this as a template for your own writing.
Click here for a sample Works Cited page from Purdue's Online Writing Lab. Note that it is in alphabetical order.
As with all links, be careful what you search and click as I have no control over what happens outside of this site. I have compiled a list of resources you may find helpful. Do not feel obligated to use these sites. REMEMBER: You must use Edith Hamilton's version of Oedipus in some meaningful way in your paper.
CNN: Click the link to the left to go to CNN or go to the following link for "9/11 Ten Years Later."
TED: Click the link to the left for the general site. We watched Stacy Kramer's talk in class.
ABCNews: Click here for the link to the Jaycee Dugard interview. (NOTE: Due to the nature of her tragedy, some of the details of her life are graphic.)
CBS News: Try searching for "Bernie Madoff."
MSNBC: Try searching for "Gabrielle Giffords."
Google Scholar: This is a good one for articles on the psychology of grief.
Jonesboro Media Center Website: Follow the link to the Arkansas State University Library's Website for a really great database (you may need to see Mrs. Bruner for passwords). Access the school library online to search for topics related to tragedy.
Don't submit your essay yet
Since we are working with your essay when you come back, I have taken the submit form down until we need it.
It is also unnecessary to email me your paper if I have already looked at your rough draft.
Citation for Oedipus
Copy and paste the citation below for your bibliography/works cited:
Hamilton, Edith. "Part Five: The Great Families of Mythology, The Royal House of Thebes." Mythology. New York: Little, Brown, and, 1969. 375-83. Print.
Whenever you cite this work in your paper, you can do this one of two ways: Instead of taking his life, Oedipus took his own eyesite (Hamilton 383).
In Edith Hamilon's version of Oedipus, Oedipus took his own eyesite (383).
Transitional Words and Their Uses
To make your writing flow and do what you want it to do, you need to effectively use transitions and transitional statements to connect sentences, paragraphs, and thoughts with words and sentences that provide a bridge for the reader to follow.
Click here for a link to some transitional words and statements that you can use for various occasions.