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Friday, November 14, 2014

Synthesis Reflection

My Overall attitude towards this paper/project is negative. I have written several synthesis papers before, especially in my high school AP english classes and this would not be one of the better ones. My main problem with it is the lack of time I could find to devote to writing this. With the idea that all these writing projects are subject to revision at the end of the semester in the back of my head, It was extremely difficult to prioritize this essay above the unsettling amount of other things I had to get done. Quite honestly, I am pretty impressed with the amount I was able to turn out compared to the the amount of time I was able to write this, but I know the quality could be better.

I feel as if I followed my design plan closely and successfully showed both agreeing synthesis and disagreeing synthesis between the authors/sources. I feel as if my essay accomplished the synthesis aspect of the assignment well, but is missing the stylistic flow and length that a second revision (that i did not have time for) would correct for.There are ideas I could have added to. However, I am pleased with how my synthesis touches on both sides of the argument and uses a variety of authors to compare and contrast opinions between. I believe I followed the structure for a synthesis paragraph discussed in class for all my body paragraphs and I make constant appeals toward my young college age student audience.

Synthesis Essay

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Synthesis Paper Purpose Statement/Design Plan

For this paper, my intended audience would be the college age student, specifically the more impressionable and less committed to a specific career choice student, like a freshman or sophomore. They need to be educated in order to understand certain big-idea concepts and interested in their future career.
This paper will argue the necessity of a college education AND experience in terms of what it will provide future employees in the modern and unpredictable workforce. The purpose of this paper is to synthesize articles by Richard Judy & Carol D'Amico, Thomas Friedman, Alan Blinder, an article from the Economist and a publication on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to argue for how to best prepare for a working life in which change is a constant. I will argue that the future of work ensures less job security, mass exportation, and declining impersonal services, and that a college education/experience is the best way to overcome them.
 I will employ ethos with my well introduced expert opinions and factual generalizations. I will employ pathos by stressing the complications the workforce will see in the future since future jobs should be a major concern of my audience's. Lastly, I will Employ Logos with the factual appeals of statistics and trends as well as present my synthesis a logical flow.My overall strategy for writing this paper is to introduce both sides of the argument then pick the side that supports a college education and then use expert synthesis in my body paragraphs to support my argument and conclude with the relevance this all has on the future generations.