This essay graphic organizer was designed for higher level English Language Learners. The graphic organizer was created as a scaffold for students to plan an essay after a week of research on an endangered species. This support can be adjusted for any topic, and helps students organize and focus thoughts before beginning a rough draft. When I used this in my middle school classroom, I also noticed the independence that it fostered. The guiding questions in the first column assist students in problem solving and minimizes their dependence on the teacher!