This is a literary essay planning template the I created for my 4th graders. It includes a place for story reflection, bubble mapping to choose a theme, and guides them in providing evidence from the story to support their theme. Most templates are simply planning, but this template provides sentence stems to guide students in the writing process. This helped my most reluctant writers find words. The template is for the short story "Stray" by Cynthia Rylant, but can be edited to match any read-a-loud.