After students have been given basic instruction on properly formatted MLA style research papers, they will complete a research paper entitled: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse.
You may choose to have students complete this assignment on their own, or with a partner. I usually allow them to choose. While a small percentage of their grade will be based on their sentence structure, grammatical awareness, and logical formation and progression of ideas, the main bulk of their grade will be based on PROPER MLA research paper guideline formatting and source citations. This purpose of this assignment is more to give them an opportunity to fully understand source citation before beginning a large scale research project on their own.
An episode of the AMC television show The Walking Dead is a good source for viewing what the “reality” of a zombie invasion would look like. They can even use it as a "source" for their final papers.