This article applies to Imagine Reading and Imagine Lectura.
At the end of each unit, you may decide to have students complete the Synthesis Discussion and Synthesis Project. These lesson components are designed to help students deepen their learning through academic discussions and a differentiated group project.
The objectives of the Synthesis discussion and project are for students to:
- Articulate and defend an individual response to the unit's Focus Question.
- As a group, use academic discourse to collaboratively discuss and negotiate a shared
response to the Focus Question.
- As a group, plan, develop, and present a project to communicate the shared response to the rest of the class
Print the Synthesis project materials from the left navigation pane within Imagine Reading or Imagine Lectura. These resources print in English from Imagine Reading and in Spanish from Imagine Lectura. The Synthesis Discussion & Project Protocol guides educators through the project step-by-step; the checklist serves as a scaffold to help students plan their presentation.
At the end of each unit, lead a synthesis discussion centered around the discussion questions for each passage.
The Synthesis project provides an opportunity for students to plan, develop, and present a project that effectively communicates the group’s shared response to the Focus Question. This type of project allows students to creatively apply their knowledge to a real-world application. Synthesis projects should include adequate explanations, examples, or evidence to logically defend the group’s shared response.
Adapt the Synthesis project to the instructional environment, individual students’ needs and skills, and teacher discretion. Provide students with materials, resources, or scaffolding to help students from a variety of backgrounds actively participate in the project.
Help students choose a project that conveys an appropriately complex group response to the Focus Question. The project scope should also be appropriate to the number of students in the group and the time allotted. Ensure that all students have a voice and feel ownership in their choice of project.
Here are some example Synthesis project ideas:
|Example Project Ideas|
|Poster presentation||Written report|
|Written dramatic script||Creative expression: song or rap|
|Digital slide presentation||Creative expression: visual art|
|Written narrative||Creative expression: expressive dance|
|Video: commercial||Creative expression: instrumental music|
|Vlog-style video||Audio podcast|
If you want, you can limit the project types available until your students are familiar with the collaboration, discussion, planning, and development steps.