After reading Black Boy by Richard Wright, students will write an essay, citing evidence for their topic. I use this format guide for all of my students. (I tell my higher level students that they are not restricted to the limitations of this guide.) It explains (sentence-by-sentence) the information that must be included in each paragraph. This helps students organize the information. Many of my former students ask for this guide to help them in their other English classes (even college classes!)
This guide can be adapted to any literature piece!