This is a packet created to help your students in writing a persuasive essay for standardized tests. A tip sheet, an organizational or planning chart, a checklist, and two pages of lined sheets are included. I teach students to follow the steps on the tip sheet in order to write essays for the FCAT in Florida, which is currently an one hour test. I think it helps them to remember that an essay is a series of links, just like a linked chain, connected by ideas. So, a chain is on this sheet. I encourage students to remember to write one step at a time, so they don't feel overwhelmed or discouraged. I hope this helps you and lets your students feel more confident. Enjoy!