In a Research Simulation Task that may appear on the Common Core Assessment, "students will analyze an informational topic presented through several articles or multimedia stimuli, the first text being an anchor text that introduces the topic. Students will engage with the texts by answering a series of questions and synthesizing information from multiple sources in order to write two analytic essays" (PARCC, developer of a Common Core Assessment being used in fourteen states and the District of Columbia). Although the lesson below does not directly address the Research Simulation Task, the lesson does facilitate the development and application of synthesis as a skill. Students enjoy the creative aspect of the lesson and are often excited to share their final products with the class.
“Link Think” Activity--New Common Core Standards for Literacy Across Disciplines. Students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas.