In our 7th grade classes, our students are required to write an analysis essay each quarter in which they demonstrate their ability to apply the Five Themes of geography to a current newspaper article.
On the first day of this analysis, I usually read the article through once to the students. Then, they go back and find examples of the five themes and label them (this is a skill I have previously done a teacher demonstration on.) On the second day, the students take those examples and flesh them out to an essay.
What I have found is that many of my students who struggle more with writing have difficulty with both the Five Themes examples and writing an essay simultaneously. So, this is a set of four scaffolded graphic organizers specific to a Five Themes essay. The first two-sided graphic organizer gives the student three of the five sentences in the Introduction, the Topic Sentences in the Body paragraphs, and several sentences in the Conclusion. The second two-sided graphic organizer gives them slightly less, and so one until the fourth graphic organizer that only gives the headings of the columns but no more examples.
I hope you find it useful, and please visit some of my other writing graphic organizers and other social studies products. Feel free to send me any questions or comments. I really appreciate the feedback!