This document includes an essay question, an outline, and a writing sheet surrounding an essay question that is concerned with the Causes of the Civil War.
In my class I present the essay question to the students then we fill in the outline. I call this our "brain dump" on each topic and make them jot down a note relating each example to the question.
Once each box is filled we go back and write our thesis statement/claim to answer the question.
For the remainder of class I have the students work to create their essay using the guided writing sheet. Some students may need extra paper to finish writing.
A good activity to assess student knowledge and writing skills!