Abstract: In order to complete a Reasoning Through Language Arts extended response essay, students are expected to analyze two viewpoints regarding a topic of debate. The document titled “Reasoning Through Language Arts Essay Packet” provides a detailed explanation of a suggested format for a compare-contrast style essay, an essay writing formula, a six-step pre-writing form, a useful terminology and sample topic sentences document, an essay evaluation form, and a number of tips and suggestions for writing a compare and contrast style essay. There are several ways in which the Extended Response Essay Packet exercises can be used. With a little initial guidance, students with more advanced writing skills can review the information in the writing packet and complete the accompanying exercises independently. However, beginning writers require more direct instruction, which can be provided one-on-one or through whole-group instruction.