This four page document is an invaluable resource for students for essay writing and also streamlines assessment for the teacher! I give it to every student each time they write an essay. They then submit it with their completed paper. It is extremely effective and streamlines both the writing and assessment process.
The document begins with presenting a process for students to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of their essay through highlighting based on specific criteria. For example, students are asked to indicate evidence, analysis, effective diction etc.
The document then presents a step-by-step checklist which will guide them through the essential elements of their essay using an intuitive system. It provides a precise checklist for all elements of the essay writing process. (topic sentences,integration of evidence, transitional phrases, sentence types, sentence starters, thesis quality, structure of the intro and conclusion, etc.)
Students are also presented with a clear self-assessment process which will assist the teacher with providing feedback.