English teachers are often frustrated to discover that students' final drafts look similar (or identical) to their rough drafts. Sadly, students give little attention to revision -- perhaps the most crucial phase of the writing process. This comprehensive worksheet, focused on the six traits of writing (ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, conventions), encourages students to focus on details they tend to overlook.
Require your students to complete and submit this worksheet (and marked-up rough draft) with their final essays, and you'll gain a clearer picture of their understanding of the writing process. Ultimately, you'll get better essays.