Many students have trouble organizing an essay so I created this graphic organizer with sentence frames for students to fill in their thoughts. Normally, I print two copies. With the first copy, I model for the students and have them copy my writing. Then, with the second copy, they can work in pairs or independently to complete the organizer. I usually use this as a rough draft.
I recommend the students already have their 3 pieces of supporting evidence chosen prior to using this graphic organizer. You can find a "Thoughts Organizer" in my shop that I use congruently.