In the 500-600-word Argumentative Synthesis, you will use information from multiple resources addressing the similar topics to argue your own position on that topic. This assignment requires that you make an explicit thesis, or claim, about your topic and use your sources to provide adequate support for your thesis.

  1. Select an argument based on the four articles, three of which we have already read and a fourth that you choose:
      1. Culture Clash in the Boardroom (Xin & Haijie, 2011)
      2. Managing Multicultural Teams” (Brett et al., 2006)
      3. “Cultural Competence: Why It Matters and How You Can Acquire It” (Lee & Liao, 2015)
      4. The source of your choice must adhere to the standards of credible sources, be in English, and be at least 1000 word long.
  2. Construct a thesis that makes a claim about the topic.
  3. Support your thesis with evidence from at least 3 sources (2 articles we read, and one credible source selected by you), integrating their material with your commentary. Avoid too much summary include only enough to explain your ideas.
  4. Include the major components of an academic paper, including an introduction (with a thesis statement), a body (with topic sentences for each paragraph), and a conclusion. Paragraphs should be coherent and demonstrate unity.
    • Introduction: Your introduction should indicate the topic you will discuss and your thesis. 
    • Thesis: Be specific in stating your thesis. The thesis statement will indicate to your readers what exactly you are arguing in the essay. It is not simply a statement of your topic.
      • Example vague thesis: Getting young people to vote in elections is a complicated process.
      • An example of a specific thesis: We should motivate young people to vote in elections by taking advantage of social media platforms.
    • The Body: The body elaborates on the points in your essay map. Use information from your sources and your own original argumentation to explain how each point ties into your thesis.

Important considerations for writing the body:

      • Do not misrepresent your sources (e.g., by taking a quotation out of context or claiming they believe something they do not)
      • Maintain an appropriate tone, regardless of how passionate you feel about your topic.
      • Consider the other side of the argument. What would your opponents say in response to you?
    • Conclusion: Your conclusion addresses the so what questionwhy does your paper/topic matter?
  1. Avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing and quoting the sources appropriately with proper APA in-text and reference citations. Remember that a sentence cannot consist of just a direct quotation (use attributive phrases/reporting verbs).
  2. Drawing from feedback from previous assignments, edit your paper carefully.