How to Write Synthesis and Response to Articles

Explain how to write synthesis and response to articles, and give a few examples on a common topic.

Please explain how to synthesize the claims of two authors based on a common topic, illustrating how each author presents his/her argument or viewpoint and examining how the authors’ viewpoints relate to one another. Also, respond to the authors’ presented ideas with a reasoned, logical, and developed retort.

Choose two texts:

  • “On Self-Respect” by Joan Didion;
  • “Optimism Within” by Helen Keller;
  • ”Solitude” from Walden by Henry David Thoreau;
  • “Man’s Rights” by Ayn Rand.