This is a handout that students can use to map out an expository/argumentative essay. I have used it with my own students, and it always helps them to map it out on their own! Each paragraph is step by step labeled with what the paragraph should contain. Since middle school students have a hard time expressing themselves on paper, this can get them going. Even if you are wanting your students to write more than five paragraphs, this is a great place to start. After all, you have to get them crawling before they can run, right?