This is a very structured writing assignment for 7th though 10th graders. It is modeled on the Jane Schaffer's method of writing - only abbreviated with only one concrete detail and explanation. It is a step by step literary essay for students who struggle with creating an essay. You can modify it by taking away or adding sentences depending upon your students' abilities. I had spent weeks preparing my students to create topic sentences from the thesis and creating thesis statements from topic sentences.
Because most of my students did not understand how thesis statements and topic sentences work together to create an essay, I helped them create a topic sentence for each body and then have them create a thesis on their own.