This graphic organizer provides a way for students to learn to organize all of the information that is necessary within a text-dependent essay: topic sentence, evidence, analysis and concluding sentence. This organizer allows space for three different examples from the text; I have used it for prompts requiring both two and three examples.
My ninth and tenth grade students love this introductory organizer, as it allows them to break down the text-dependent analysis into its constituent parts rather than trying to write from scratch. After completing the organizer, which provides sample signal phrases, they are essentially able to copy their sentences directly from the organizer to their final essay and feel secure that it contains all of the required components. I have used this same organizer with younger students (seventh and eighth grade) when first introducing text-dependent analysis; sometimes, when I want to focus on building a certain skill, I'll fill out part of the chart (such as the evidence portion) and have students complete the rest.
This organizer works with all text types and is flexible across most content areas and secondary grade levels.