This synthesis essay is designed to help guide students through sources and integrate them into their own writing. This can be used as a process essay, in which you guide students through the different parts of essay writing, from understanding sources. I have used it with freshmen as a way of preparing them for research writing and also with juniors as preparation for the AP Language Exam. The sources lend themselves to three major areas that need to be considered when dealing with a zombie apocalypse: euthanasia, group dynamics, and location.
In addition to the synthesis prompt, three writing samples (low, medium, high) have been provided to use with students for discussion.