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Mini-Synthesis (Writing Prompt Page 72)

Your assignment is the writing prompt on page 72 of Springboard:


Select one of the following writing options for synthesizing the ideas of multiple texts into one.

  1. Choose three separate quotations - a money quote, a line from the poem “Money,” and a line from A Raisin in the Sun - that could provide evidence or a jumping off point for your discussion of the question: How important is money to attaining the American Dream?

  2. Express a personal attitude toward money (perhaps agreeing or disagreeing with one of the quotes about money on page 70) incorporating direct support of your thinking from three of the texts in this activity.

  3. In an essay that synthesizes ideas from three of the texts in this activity for support, take a position that defends, challenges, or qualifies the claim that money is an essential part of achieving the American Dream.


You must:

  • Write this in the form of an Essay or Article; that is, this must introduce your ideas, discuss them in an organized format, then conclude with a statement that connects to big ideas, suggests change, or challenges the status quo.

  • Use evidence from three texts, properly crediting the authors and titles of those texts

  • Show an attempt to synthesize the ideas of these texts

    • This means:

      • Identifying ideas that link them together

      • Identifying how they support or challenge commonly held beliefs

      • Identify how they can lead to greater understanding when considered together.
Earlier Event: October 2
Reading Log Due
Later Event: October 23
Reading Log Due