This fantastic resource will help your students brainstorm for and write well-developed text-based open responses. The T-chart consists of three columns that will naturally allow students to fully answer text-based questions. In the first column, students gather evidence from a text and jot it down along with the page or paragraph number. Then, students come up with an answer based on their evidence and write it in the next column. This is a new idea, or an inference. It is NOT something quoted from the text. Then, students insert their own thoughts and feelings into the third column. I have it set up so students can collect evidence and develop up to 3 answers (as seen by the three boxes in the center column). However, well-developed open responses may only have two answers and a lot of evidence. It is important to teach students to write their responses based on what the question is asking for. The next two pages of the product contain a rough draft organizer. Students take exactly what they have written into their T-chart and create full sentences on the lines provided. Sentence stems are even given to help students get started. With continued practice answering open response questions using these resources, students will be able to begin to internalize the correct process and score high on state tests requiring them to write text-based open responses. PDF file.