This is a graphic organizer developed to help students pull out text evidence in order to answer open response questions. As a teacher with a goal centered around students developing proficient open responses, I found that the students often pulled evidence from the text that was not necessarily related to the question, and students also neglected to actually answer the question at hand. Their responses were filled with pieces of unrelated evidence, which led to scores falling below proficiency. The ACE graphic organize was developed in order to help students with the process of collecting evidence based on a given lens...the open response question. After collecting evidence, students are taught to form an inference based on this evidence. This inference, or new idea, is the answer (A) to the open response question. This is the first item students write in their graphic organizers. Next, students cite (C) evidence, including the page and paragraph number, to support their claim/answer. Finally, students elaborate (E) on their evidence, making sure to explain how their evidence ties to the answer. This organizer is simple, yet directs students to have each component before transferring into a response. I have found this resource to help all students become proficient on answering open response questions!