I teach 8th graders with learning disables who HATE to write. I have found that if they are given "rules" and a concrete template, however, they do much better organizing their writing. I created my own outline using research based practices I learned from a variety of studies. I've been using this outline with them for four years now and the results I've been able to get have been amazing. Those students who are able to understand and use this outline make huge gains on their state writing tests! Included is the template I use that prompts students as they figure out what to write (more detailed than the preview image) and a document that can be given to students individually or made into a poster that explains what belongs in each section of the outline.