The explanatory essay outline is designed for students to use when comparing two texts. You can use my essay prompts or change them, and make them your own. Students have to highlight each part of the essay. Highlighting helps the students see that they have all the parts in their essay, and it makes grading easier for the teacher!
I use this outline with Google Classroom, and my students are able to type and highlight. I can give comments while my students work on their outline in order to ensure they are on the right track before typing their final draft.