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The school site I worked at used the CEL structure when writing paragraphs. I am sure that this coincides with other writing methods. Claim- topic sentence; Background- summary of the section used for evidence; Direct Quote; Link- Connecting the quoted and the claim; and the concluding sentence.
My students struggled with creating coherent writing, this was our training wheels the first month of school in which they received sentence starters. We have since progressed and the students have internalized the structure to the point where they manipulate it.