Synthesizing Information

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.

Tips for Helping Your Child Synthesize Information


Websites on Synthesizing Information:

Synthesizing Information: Step-by-Step Instructions for Learners

Proficient Readers and Writers Synthesize New Information - PDF

Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
Technology Tools