Synthesizing information is closely connected to determining importance. After a reader identifies what is important in the text, he/she must go through the process of organizing, recalling, and recreating the information and fitting it in with what is already known. As Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmermann say in Mosaic of Thought, "Synthesis is about organizing the different pieces to create a mosaic, a meaning, a beauty greater than the sum of each shiny piece." A synthesis occurs as a reader summarizes what has happened and gives it personal meaning. For more information on summarizing techniques, see the link at the bottom of the page.
Websites on Synthesizing Information:
Synthesizing Information: Step-by-Step Instructions for Learners