This is a sixteen-page unit intended for those students who struggle writing essays. This packet breaks down the essay writing process into thoroughly explained, manageable parts. The essay is a six-paragraph essay in which students will explain how and to what extent Macbeth fits the characteristics of a tragic hero. The unit address Common Core Standards RL.12.3, RL.12.5, W.12.s, L.12.a, and L.12.3. It includes the standards, ten learnings targets with Depth of Knowledge levels, the prompt, explanations for how to cite a play using MLA format, a model essay using the same tragic hero characteristics to classify Brutus, In The Tragedy of Julius Caesar as a tragic hero, a graphic organizer students can use to collect evidence from the play for each characteristic, and a paragraph-by-paragraph planning sheet explaining what each required part of each paragraph (into, body paragraphs, and conclusion) should be, including five types of hooks/attention getters and five ways to conclude an essay. Finally, a separate Academic Reflection & Self Assessment of Learning tool is included with an Essay Self Assessment on the back, where students rate qualities of their own essay and reflect on their growth as a writer on this assignment. Also available (though I could not attach them to this packet) are two associated items: an annotated version of the model essay as a key to lead students through annotating the parts of the model, and a rubric for explanatory/information writing.