This is a step by step packet for writing a 5 paragraph essay that is geared towards 8th grade US History. There are 5 prompt questions that focus on topics from the beginning of the Country to the Constitution. This template can be used for any essay questions. The prompts that I have listed are based on the TCI curriculum. Students are given terms to know, examples, an outline format and then prompted to write out a rough draft. There is also a peer edit sheet included. A rubric is not included, however if you email me, I can send you a great one that I use from UC Berkeley's writing program. I usually spend one week or 5 (1 hour) class periods on this from start to finish.