Here are three of my favorite tips from 10 Tips for Efficient Essay Grading: 1) Require proof that the paper has been edited/revised. 2) Set a timer so that you don't spend too much time on each paper. 3) Create a key for common errors to cut down on the time it would take to write out comments.
Make a classroom set of these Persuasive Writing and Argument Writing Cheat Sheets to help students understand the essential elements of the two types of essays. Then use a paired activity card to help them internalize the components of The Toulmin Model for Argument. (1.00)
This resource includes everything you need to teach your students how to write an essay. Using several different analogies in this unit as reminders, students can easily remember the important parts of essays and its elements.