Having a cheat sheet nearby when writing can, like a recipe, help students remember all the “ingredients” of good writing. Here is a cheat sheet I recommend:
As the parent/teacher, you can reproduce this cheat sheet to be used as a check list each time a student writes. You can go over the list together and compare the student’s writing to the check list. Using such a list doesn’t guarantee great writing, but it guarantees improved writing for upper elementary grade, middle grade, and ESL students who are new to writing in English or are not confident about their skills.