We are officially in month five of writing essays with my 8th grades. They are on essay eight and nine....my Christmas gift to them was assigning two essays over break...they were thrilled! I told them not to complain because I was the one grading them.
They each have a clip board where they display their final copy of their essays. Their name is hanging off the top of the clip board. It's a great way to see who has done which essay and who has not! I have two students that have yet to produce a final copy of an essay!!!The rough drafts, revise and edits are kept in a crate in individual files.