Assignment sheet and thinking map for the expository essay over the topic of "loyalty." This activity is usually done in about an hour after some discussion and requires to four to five paragraphs of writing to complete if it is met to common core standards. The students who I assign this to are either high school freshmen or sophomores and are able to find and use great support and examples for their explanation of the topic.
I have also included the check off rubric that I have students attach to their paper when they turn it in. This check list is a post writing self evaluation and gentle reminder of the expectations of the assignment.