This is a format that I have developed and used over the last few years for the classroom (specifically social studies related) for writing essays. I have been using this format for the last six year and many High School students have come back to me saying not only how much they liked this format but also how well it served them beyond their years in middle school. Using this template, students will fill use a note taking based graphic organizer that simulates the essay format. Once the graphic organizer is complete, students can use the information from the graphic organizer for their actual essay. They can do this by following the step-by-step directions of the graphic organizer template. With this download you will find the template for the graphic organizer as well as the rubric I personally use for grading Social Studies Short Answer Essays on a thirty-point scale.