This 5-paragraph essay organizer is a helpful tool for students who need significant scaffolding and support. It can be used with students from middle school through high school.
Many of the 9th graders at the urban high school where I teach benefit from such a highly structured format---at least for their first essay of the year. I've discovered that if you give a student a box, she is likely to write in it. Simply having a box to fill for every sentence of the essay makes the task feel less daunting to my students.
Hope this helps!