With the PARCC and performance based assessment being integrated into all curriculum, this handout is designed to walk a teacher through the steps of creating a well-written and clear research simulation task - also known as a synthesis prompt, a document based question, or a source based argument. The preview only shows the overview of the steps. The rest of the document clarifies and expands on each step. I presented this idea at the New Jersey Writing Alliance and it was well-received. Please email with questions!