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Unit Four Prompt: Literature Review/Synthesis

ENG 101: English Composition I
Unit Four Assignment Prompt:
Literature Review/Synthesis

Annotated Bibliography Submission Date:    Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Rough Draft Submission Date:         Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Working Folder Submission Date:    Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Imagine that you have been asked by SIU’s College Life Director to prepare a presentation for Spring Welcome Week 2014 that addresses an issue of our environment. To prepare, the Director asks you to gather and synthesize information on some aspect of this issue into a literature review that will help you locate a focus for your presentation.

The Director asks that your review be an academic essay. Remember that the purpose of synthesizing literature is not only to inform or to assert opinion, but to 1) present specific points from all your sources about your chosen issue and 2) to offer your changing views on the issue as a result of engaging with your sources.

The literature review should draw from a minimum of five sources (three from the Mercury Reader and two from credible, approved sources of your own choosing). These texts must be cited and carefully attributed to their respective authors.

Essay Requirements:

  1. The essay should:
    a.         have a unique, interesting title
    b.         offer logical, clear transitions
    c.         be virtually free of grammatical and surface errors
    d.         give 1+ quote from each source & include an MLA-style Works Cited page
    e.         be 5-6 double-spaced pages (not incl. Works Cited page), 12 pt. font
  1. The introduction should:
    a.         have an opening that captures your reader’s attention
    b.         introduce your topic, articles, and articles’ relevance to your topic
    c.         give your thesis (comments upon current knowledge regarding your issue and your understanding of & reaction to this current knowledge)
  1. The body should:
    a.         briefly summarize each article (2-4 sentences per source)
    b.         analyze all articles, comparing and contrasting their points & strategies
    c.         synthesize all articles, showing your progress toward new understanding
    d.         reflect upon your changing knowledge in response to the texts
  1. The conclusion should:
    a.         restate your thesis and main points
    b.         pull together your new insights and make article relevant to readers
    c.         leave your readers thinking about your topic

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