Help your learners trim all the fluffy fat from their essays before they turn them in to you. This Essay Writing Revision Checklist is a great tool to walk through with your students in class.
This has worked best for me when I (1) have the students bring a printed draft to class, (2) hand out the Revision Checklists, (3) walk them through each step of the checklist, then (4) have them take home their drafts to revise and retype.
STUFF IN THE CHECKLIST:
* Introduction Paragraphs
* Thesis Statements / Propositions
* Topic Sentences
* Body Paragraphs
* Conclusion Paragraphs
* How to cite quotations
* Fluffy stuff and weak words to delete from essay
* Transitions / Transition Words
* Voice / Style
When I get back their revised drafts, I grade with a time-saving writing rubric. (see link below)
NOTE: This resource is not editable. We can't YET figure out a way that is satisfactory to us to make it editable. That said, we are positive it will be useful to you either as is or as you modify your own because we'll save you so much time creating all the categories of things to look for in their writing.