This resource was created for beginning 5 paragraph essay writers, but can be modified for 3-4 paragraph essays. These cards are a checklist meant to help students remember the format for an introduction, body, and concluding paragraph.
The checklists include reminders to include a hook, main idea, topic sentences, text evidence, and transition sentences. They encourage the "ACE" format of including text evidence- giving an answer/idea, citing a source, and explaining that citation.
In my 4th grade classroom, I cut the cards, laminate them, and put them on a ring as a fun and handy writer's workshop resource. Students can use dry erase markers to check off each item as they are drafting, or in the revision stage. There are also black and white versions that can be printed and copied as writable checklists.