This is a guided essay packet for writing the first draft of a literary analysis essay about Gilgamesh. The essay topics included involve the Hero's Journey, but the rest of the packet can be used regardless of what the topics are. This was designed for an inclusive class of 9th grade students, so there are lots of scaffolds for those who need it.
This packets guides them through writing each portion of the essay (intro, body paragraphs, and conclusion) and also includes organizational tools like a calendar and a progress tracker. An alterantive to distributing this as one large packet is to create an essay writing folder. What I did was staple the progress tracker to the outside of the folder; have one packet with the calendar, rubrics, and checklists in the left pocket; and the drafting packet for all the writing in the right pocket.