I like templates. I especially like templates that work. And when it comes to writing, I have used a template I found in a book by Walter Dean Myers entitled “Just Write. Here’s How.” Mr. Myers was a prolific writer especially of literature for young adults. In this book on writing he offers a template for writing fiction and one for non-fiction. Since I write the latter, here’s what he suggests to organize a piece of writing. He calls it the four box model.
In Box I he raises a question.
In Box 2 is the evidence that supports the conclusion in Box 4.
Box 3 is your explanation of why the evidence in Box 2 leads to the conclusion in Box 4.
Box 4 is the answer to the question.
As an example, he cites a biography. One could write an essay on why is George Washington called the Father of our country? See? You have a template. Note the question can be explicit, as with George Washington or implicit as in “It’s 1972 and the man in the corner office is wearing a World War One uniform.”