So you don't have all of the sources for this one, but I think you can get the idea. When they first unveiled the synthesis essay on the AP exam, I assigned this and wrote along with the students. Write your responses as comments to this message. Based on the list of traits th a successful essay would have that we came up with in class, is it a successful essay? Original thought? Supported by evidence? Personal voice? Organized based on content rather organizing the content around a formula? Don't say it's wonderful because your teacher wrote it, either. Explain what you really think.