Explanatory Synthesis Assignment.
Explanatory Synthesis Assignment Overview: This essay assignment requires that you compose an explanatory synthesis on one of the following subjects: obedience to authority, drawing on the sources provided by your textbook. One way to approach this topic might be to answer a research question like one of these: ¢ What is the extent to which we are supposed to follow the orders of authority figures? ¢ What is the connection between human nature, obedience, and violence? ¢ What are some of the moral dilemmas associated with obedience to authority? ¢ What is the relationship between situational forces, peer or social pressure and obedience to authority? You might also consider using one of the prompts on pages 662-64 of your textbook, under the heading œSynthesis Activities. Criteria: ¢ Must be primarily explanatory (primary purpose to convey information ¢ Must accurately represent source material. ¢ Must use at least 3 sources from Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum (Ch. 15) and two other external sources, peer-reviewed books and articles on the subject. Mechanical Requirements: ¢ Clear thesis and subclaims ¢ Organized by idea, not by source ¢ Reasonable summaries of source material ¢ Detailed support of claims ¢ Quotes and paraphrases accurately cited ¢ Strong organization throughout ¢ Clear introduction, transitions, and conclusion ¢ Must conform to the general standards of Written Standard English (spelling, usage, grammar, punctuation)