If your middle school students are anything like mine, then they probably try to start essays from scratch without a strong thought process and plan. Their final products generally leave much to be desired. So, I took that knowledge to develop a plan for my students.
The document available for purchase will provide guidance on how to structure an outline prior to writing a Research Simulation Task on the PARCC. For the resources, students will explore three informational texts of different formats on the Titanic. Steps will be followed in order to formulate an appropriate,well- constructed Research Simulation Task with textual evidence.
For each of the three writing tasks required on the PARCC, I developed a similar type of writing tutorial. With continual exposure, my students knew what was expected for an outline and task.