I FIGURED OUT A WAY TO GET ENGLISH TEACHERS THEIR LIVES BACK. Reduce the amount of work you take home by structing a writers' workshop to look like this one.
There are 10 days worth of lesson and materials in here that set students up to write 5 paragraph essays. Materials include 2 powerpoint presentations and 10 worksheets/handout outs.
After they a have learned the process and the components of an essay, they begin working in a writers' workshop setting.
I have provided detailed instructions as to how to structure the workshop so that you do not have to take essays home to grade. Instead, you are able to grade essays while you conference with students. The most you will have to do is regrade some revisions. And not all students will be submitting their revisions at the same time, so you won't have an entire class of revisions to regrade either.