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3.5 Argument Synthesis Essay
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  • Use techniques for critical reading
  • Develop an informed argument based upon previous reading and study
  • Conduct basic library database and web searches
  • Practice responsible use and correct citation of sources
  • Implement a mixture of summary, paraphrase, and quoting
  • Argue with a specific audience in mind
  • Synthesize multiple readings in an unbiased academic essay



Reread the articles between pages 310-325 about social networking privacy threats. After reading the four sources provided between those pages, write an Argument Synthesis Essay about one of the textbook articles and another online source (that you locate on your own) that discusses the same topic. For example, if you want to write about anonymous cyberbullying, you could pair Jonathan Mahler's "Who Spewed That Abuse? Anonymous Yik Yak App Isn't Telling" with another web article that discusses internet anonymity. 

After evaluating the articles and developing your own perspective of the central topic, use the subject matter discussed in the two articles to help you argue an original point about social media privacy. More specifically, you will compose an arguable thesis about social media privacy, but you will use the support of two articles to lend credibility to your claim.

According to the synthesis concept described in Practical Argument between pages 341-343, you can "combine summary, paraphrase, and quotation from several sources with your own ideas to support an original conclusion" (341). In a nutshell, that is your goal for this new paper assignment. 

Audience Tip: As a way to help you enhance the purpose of your paper, you could choose to direct your paper at a specific reading audience, like parents, new college students, new social media users, or another relevant party. With the knowledge you have gained from reading and critiquing multiple essays about social networking privacy, what do you believe __________ should know before they enter the social networking universe? 




  • Approximately 1000 words, plus a Works Cited page in MLA Format. Don't forget your in-text citations!



  • Take advantage of the grade commentary you received on your first essay of the semester: The Rhetorical Analysis Essay. The goal for every paper is to see how you respond to and use the constructive criticism received to enhance your writing over time!
  • To gather ideas for your Argument Synthesis, please take advantage of the previous Discussion Board posts and Assignments you have completed for Unit 2. Many of those exercises have asked you to engage readings relevant to this assignment as well as to practice skills necessary to succeed on this new paper.
  • Please review the MLA formatting videos for document design and Works Cited page creation tutorials.
  • To make sure your paper meets the expectations for this assignment, review the page with "Tips for the Argument Synthesis Essay" that follows and consider the grading rubric for the assignment included in this weekly folder.
  • If you have questions about the assignment, post them to Q&A Topic on the Discussions.


Due: Sunday, Week 3

Where do I post my work? Please click on the 3.5 Argument Synthesis Essay link in black type at the top of the page. Since this is a formal essay that your instructor will type comments on, please upload your essay as a Word file. If needed, review how to submit assignments HERE.

The Word file should be named: "LASTNAME_Argument_Synthesis_Essay" and then attached as a file, for example, SMITH_Argument_Synthesis_Essay.  

You will submit your work via SafeAssign tool. You may view your Originality Report and resubmit the paper up to 2 times (total 3 submissions allowed).

Please, check the box "I agree to submit my paper(s) to the Global Reference Database."

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