After being required to use the MEAL plan when I was in my doctorate program, I modified the plan to fit my own teaching of writing for students. Students have had great success with this plan. It takes away the unknown for them and gives them a step-by-step way to write a research paper. It also shows them a connection to college! They love seeing college links and websites! I've added places where you could include local, state, or national college writing center links and images.