Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Review the two sample student essays here:
WA#2-Sample Language Four Source Essay
WA#3-Sample Language Six Source Essay
Compare the two documents.
Review the webpage, Transitions from Purdue OWL
Answer the following prompts and post your responses.
As noted, these essays aren’t perfect. The writer is still working to synthesize the sources. However, the Six-Source Essay adds some new material and other improvements.
After reading the two articles and the information on transitions, answer the following questions:
(1) Other than adding new sources, how has the writer improved, or changed, the material from the Four-Source Essay to the Six-Source Essay? (Answer in 1-3 sentences.) (E.g., “The writer’s thesis has become more focused, centering on…”)
(2) What sources has she added? What effect do the new source(s) have on the paper? (1-3 sentences) (E.g., “The new sources serve to emphasize the writer’s point that…”)
(3) Pick a paragraph section of the Six-Source Essay where synthesis needs to be improved, and add an appropriate transitional phrase/sentence.
Consider the use of transitions, for example. Transitions are like signs for your readers. They give direction and they help to link things together. Good transitions move the reader from one point to the next, and they also focus the attention of the reader on the main idea of the essay. You can use words or phrases as transitions, but you must be careful to choose words that indicate the right relationship between ideas. Here are a few examples of relationships you can indicate with transitions: (1) to show addition: and, also, in addition, furthermore. (2) to give examples: for example, for instance, specifically (3) to compare: also, likewise, similarly (4) to contrast: however, on the other hand, yet, although (5) to summarize or conclude: therefore, in other words (6) to show time: after, before, during, next, finally, meanwhile, immediately (7) to show place or direction: above, below, nearby, close, far, left, right (8) to indicate logical relationships: therefore, consequently, as a result, thus, since, because.

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