It never ceases to amaze me how useful creating Google Doc templates is for students in the online learning environment. Clarifying structure and pointing students towards exactly what is expected through the use of templates for assignments has really helped me rest easy when pushing out a complex task. Before I share examples, below is a quick reminder as to how to quickly turn a document into a template.
Step #1: Make a public viewable document according to the format you want students to follow. Use a separate color for the text you would like students to replace with their own work. I use blue and say: "You do what's in blue!"
Step #2: Copy the URL and change the "/edit" ending to "/copy"
Step #3: Share URL with students. It will force a copy to be made directly to their Google Drive. No need for students to "make a copy"