I believe this resource can help your struggling students, ELLs, and visual learners tackle text-based, common core essay writing!
Broomstick Organizers are a great way to map out essays from beginning to end.
They can be used for personal essays and text-based essays. The RACECER mnemonic device is also used here to help students organize each body paragraph.
This resource contains:
Helpful hints for using broomstick organizers and the RACECER strategy
3 broomstick organizers (4-paragraph, 5-paragraph, and 5-paragraph argumentative essay)
3 corresponding essay outlines with RACECER paragraph structure