This one-page document is a simple worksheet that students can use to organize note cards for a 4-body paragraph research essay. The placemat asks the students questions about their note cards to help them narrow which cards should be organized for logical order. If the note card doesn't fit in the first pile, it probably shouldn't be at the beginning of the essay anyway. Should it go in pile/body paragraph 2 or 3? What should the last pile/body paragraph include? The placemat will help with the piling, which will become the structure for the outline and rough draft. Use with any general research project.