This assignment is a step by step organizer to help students brainstorm, come up with an assertion and reasons, find textual evidence, and interpret what the evidence means. The five page assignment organizer begins with guide lines for a proper essay, vocabulary and transitional words. This lesson typically takes my students a week to complete as each day is a step in the overall development of the essay. My students have been using this organizer to develop well-organized and clear persuasive essays and has also been used in the social studies curriculum as the students discuss historical issues. A good topic for debate in ELA is: "Should students get paid by schools for good grades?" There are plenty of internet resources that discuss this topic. The organizer has greatly improved the quality of the work in accordance with Common Core expectations.