This is a two sided graphic organizer to help middle school students write an evidence based extended response to answer the question, "Why was America Founded?" The two choices are for gold or for a new world. Students use the graphic organizer
The first extended response my students wrote fell way below the CCLS. I found a copy of the 7th grade model essay on engageny.org and went through the outlined steps with my class. This works when your students don't meet the standards.