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1. Write a formal survival guide that documents advice on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. In order for the text to be convincing, the recommendations must be supported with details evidencing the writer's rationale and expertise on zombie habits and tendencies. Consider using the course resources and discussions, along with conducting a Google search on "zombies," "how to survive a zombie apocalypse," and "zombie survival guide" as means to better familiarize yourself with the topic.
Characteristics of Your Zombie
1. Your zombie is undead: a reanimated human corpse.
2. Your zombie is relentlessly aggressive, driven to eat human flesh.
3. Your zombie is biologically infected and infectious: a zombie bite will transfer the infection.
4. Your zombie lacks human intelligence and reasoning, acting purely on the one drive to eat humans.
4. Your zombie reacts to sensory details: sights & sounds.
5. Your zombie is most vulnerable in the head: destroy the brain kills the zombie.
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2. In his Daily Show segment, "Behind the Veil," Jason Jones pokes at the ignorance of a segment of the American population towards Iran. Brainstorm various cultures that may be misunderstood, such as a Middle Eastern or Hispanic culture, Trekkies, Potterphiles, gamers, athletes, etc, and choose ONE culture to write an examination of, pinpointing the misconception and establishing a more accurate definition of your chosen culture and/or pinpointing the misconception and showcasing how the misconception is perpetuated, such as through the mass media.
● Audience: Your reader is a 55-year old tenured professor who expects essays to follow strict mechanics, basic structure, and a scientific, formal tone with all language choices.
Pet peeves: hates I, you, contractions (can't, won't, it's), and spelling errors in student writing.
● Essays must follow MLA Formatting Guidelines.
● Essays must reach 1100 word count minimum, both in their final draft, and as a peer review and/or conference ready rough draft.
Notes: The Most Common Errors with Zombies Essays
Below are the most common issues that arise in student essays when engaging in the Zombies essay prompt:
1. Using second person pronouns. Tonally, one of the most difficult challenges with this assignment is to write a "How-To Guide" without speaking specifically to the reader. To ensure your voice is appropriate for this assignment, make sure to avoid you, your, we, our, and any imperative/command statements (which have an implied you).
2. Using first person pronouns & a narrative format. You're not telling a story. This essay is not about you (the I). It should be describing how survivors, or people, or humans, or zombie hunters, etc., survive a zombie apocalypse.
3. Lacking specific details. If you dedicate a segment of your essay on gathering food, don't just inform the reader that survivors should get food. Don't just inform the reader that survivors should get canned foods. Inform the reader that survivors should get canned foods, such as canned beans and Chicken of the Sea.
4. Lacking explication. Don't just inform the reader that survivors should get canned foods, such as canned beans and Chicken of the Sea. You must always explicate your specific suggestions and explain why they are the best suggestions for survival. Why should people avoid cities and highly populated locations? Why should zombie hunters carry both a handgun and a machete? Why should survivors seek partners to team up with, but also be cautious with every stranger met?
5. Offering advice that won't help the majority of average survivors. Avoid offering advice that only very few survivors will be able to take advantage of. For example, suggesting a machete would be more practical and reach out to a larger audience than suggesting a katana blade; suggesting a handgun would be more practical and reach out to a larger audience than suggesting a rocket launcher.
6. Juggling too many topics. Most student essays cover 3 to 4 of the following topics: weapons, shelter, food, transportation, attire, state of mind, group composition, making a plan. Covering more than 4 topics may result in a less convincing argument. Remember that it's more convincing to fully develop a few ideas than it is to offer many underdeveloped ideas.
7. Defining your zombie. The Characteristics of Your Zombie are standardized. Don't waste valuable real estate of your essay on defining zombies; instead, focus your essay on your points of survival.
1. Write a formal survival guide that documents advice on how to survive a zombie apocalypse. In order for the text to be convincing, the recommendations must be supported with details evidencing the writer's rationale and expertise on zombie habits and tendencies.