D.I.M.S. Authors and Scholars: Zombies

201312 Denny_MS_flier_croppedDenny International Middle School is partnering with The Seattle Public Library and other local organizations to publish student writing in the community.  This is one of the best expository essays submitted:


Imagine yourself, running away from flesh-hungry, man-eating zombies. Do you know what to do? Do you know where to go? Of course you don’t. The monsters are fictional. But if there were to be a zombie outbreak sometime, here are a few steps to survive. First things first, you’re going to need a safe house/shelter. Also, you’re going to need LOTS of food. And last but not least, you’re going to need to learn how to defend yourself.

The first step into surviving a zombie apocalypse is to have a safe house or shelter. A safe house is a “zombie-proof” shelter. Try to make it so that no zombies can get in. Shelter is an essential need in surviving, well, anything! An important thing to keep in mind is that you need a shelter that you can fortify. Like fencing, or maybe even something like a guard tower. You will also need to board all of your windows; mostly the ones on the ground floor. And if you’re going to try and be a “hero” and try to rescue other survivors, make sure there’s enough room in your safe house to house them. These are a few tips into finding or creating a safe house.

The second step into surviving a zombie apocalypse is finding food. You’re going to need lots of food if you’re planning to survive. One of the main food sources are stores like 7-Eleven or Safeway. They would be perfect food sources unless they’re already looted by others. But if you’re lucky enough to find food, try and grab ALL of it. Stuff it into a bag, the trunk of your car, or even in your pockets. make sure you have enough to last a week or so to reduce the amount of times you have to go on a supply run for food. One important tip is to TRY and take non-perishable foods. But don’t be too picky. Remember, the important thing is that you need something edible. And those are a few steps to help you find food during the apocalypse.

Finally, you’re going to need to learn how to defend yourself or others. Yes, this means you’re going to need to kill zombies. First of all, you’re going to need a weapon. You can’t go fist-fighting these things. A weapon that will do best is like a gun like a pistol. Make sure it’s small and lightweight so you can run while carrying the weapon. In movies, video games, etc., the best way to kill a zombie is a shot through the head. Go for the brains. If you’re using a gun, make sure you have suppressor. You wouldn’t want to attract any unwanted attention. But if you’re using a melee weapon like a crowbar or a hammer, it’s going to be really bloody and dangerous because you’re going to have to get up close and personal. And try and hit them hard in the head, and remember to make sure they’re dead. If they’re not, than you just made them a little bit angrier. This shows that killing zombies is a hard thing to do. These are a few tips to help you defend yourself or maybe even others.

To sum it up, a few steps to survive a zombie apocalypse is to find a safe house. Second, you’re going to need a stable food source. And finally, you’re going to need to learn how to defend yourself. And these are only some of the steps to help you survive a zombie apocalypse. ^_^

Martino, Southwest, Teen Blogger

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