This worksheet can be used in conjunction with any short text. It is designed to mimic the Task 3 question on the New York State Common Core English Regents Exam. You can check the NYS website for past Task 3 passages, but I also like to use this with small snippets of novels from class or speeches.
The New York State Common Core English Regents examination includes three tasks. This organizer is to help students with the third task, a close reading and analysis of a provided text. This organizer helps students to formulate ideas using a column system. The top of each column details what that portion of the response must accomplish. The larger column portion includes sentence starters to get kids writing without worrying so much about format. Ultimately, each column should have AT LEAST one sentence in it. Students can then string these columns together to create a cohesive response of two paragraphs in length.