I work exclusively with at-risk students, this means they are usually working well below grade level. I created this “outline” to help students who are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with the writing process, however, works well as a starter or first draft for any writer. The “outline” walks the student through the essay paragraph by paragraph and sentence by sentence. The outline explains what to write with a prompt and provides an example sentence.
2. Present one side (opponent’s side) of the topic. Example: Some people in business and government believe that we do not need to raise the minimum wage, because it will discourage jobs, business growth, and spending.
If complete properly, the student has a first draft that they can type up and start peer editing or a second draft. There are a grading rubric and formatting requirements that not make the paper more formal but require many different settings be changed in order to familiarize the student with a word processor program.
This “outline” is for a 5 paragraph argumentative essay. Besides the writing of the essay, it also asks students to cite sources and set up a simplified bibliography.