This is a basic writing template I created to help my struggling readers practice formal written responses to reading prompts. I have included specific shaded areas to help them remember when to quote directly from the book and when to use their own words, generic sentence starters and a place for you or them to copy the writing prompt and any key vocabulary words reviewed in class necessary to satisfy the prompt.
This template is also helpful in that it breaks down different areas of the writing task such as finding relevant evidence from the text and using their own words to explain how to evidence connects to the argument. Kids can work at their own pace as they complete each box. The Argument is the most vital box as it is their answer to the prompt.