Here is everything your students will need to write a well-organized essay comparing two short stories. The assignment is broken down into clearly explained steps that your students will find easy to follow. This twelve-page lesson includes detailed instructions for brainstorming as a class for topics, prewriting to gather and organize ideas, developing support with examples and quotations, and drafting a clearly structured essay. Also included are sample topics, suggestions for effective lead-in and lead-out sentences, instructions for using quotations, a checklist for revisions, a scoring rubric, and questions for a final reflection. Your students will thank you for making essay writing a step-by-step process, and they will learn that careful planning makes writing an essay much easier!