This is a graphic organizers I use with my 7th and 8th grade students for response to literature essays. I have use this with mild/moderate special education, general education, and EL students.
This has helped them organize their thoughts before formulating the essay.
My students have had success and I hope yours do also.
This is editable, so you can change to meet your students needs. It is also for a 4 paragraph essay and you can change to 5 or any length.