This is a detailed, color coded "skeleton" of an essay that meets LAFS/FSA requirements. This should be used as tool in the classroom to help students reach a proficient level of writing according to LAFS standards. This is NOT a magic formula. In fact, scorers advise against formulaic writing. This is only a guide to help students learn to include all of the necessary components of an essay successfully. This could be given as a handout to individual students, or blown up to be used as a poster or anchor chart.