This final essay assignment sheet includes a thought provoking question that allows students to connect The Crucible to their modern life. Additionally, this assignment focuses on thesis statements and topic sentences. I use it early in the year when my students need a review of these important terms. This means you don't grade every aspect of a student's writing. As a whole, this activity allows students to perfect an isolated skill while still getting practice with other secondary skills.
This product also include 20 thesis statements for you and your students to grade and evaluate together before students begin to write their own essays.
Finally, I push for allowing students to write in class! This saves a lot of grading for you later because you can help troubleshoot problems before students turn anything in.