In preparation for the FSA writing test, I developed a group of writing planning sheets that helped my students tremendously. I used these planning sheets to slowly help students develop their reason for choosing an opinion and support their reason using text evidence. These pages can easily be used to differentiate instruction.
You can start with the 'one reason' sheet and slowly move up to the 'two reasons' and 'three reasons' sheets. They can later be individually assigned to students according to their ability. Students who struggle with writing can be kept at one well developed reason, or maybe two, while students who have well developed writing skills can do two or three reasons. Hopefully you find this planner useful during your writing class.
Your Thrifty Co-Teacher,