This is a 5-page writing checklist for high school students tackling a variety of formal essays. I find that many students forget one thing or another when they are trying to write an essay, whether in format or the writing itself, and this checklist is a reminder that they can keep with them at all times. I was frustrated with students handing in essays and not taking the time to go through their notes to make sure they were following all the guidelines of essay writing so I created this document. It has proved an extremely helpful tool for my high school classes. They use this checklist to remind themselves of everything they need to include BEFORE they hand their essays in. It is a requirement for my grades 10 and 11 students, and by grade 12 they love to use it on their own.
It includes simple reminders like titles and spelling, as well as more detailed reminders about thesis statements and citations. Every teacher may wish to add their own parts of the checklist or take away some of my own- to each their own!