I am unsure what or how to go about helping my 7th grader with his writing assignments for Key of liberty. I want him to write his own (we have found out that a few of the kids parents are writing their kids papers) but I am unsure what is expected of that age on a paper. His teacher has said she is not doing grammar or checking spelling ( I do have him in a grammar program and I check his spelling) so basically she's not checking his paper for anything but his ideas. I want him to do a good job no matter what his teachers light requirements are.
Here is his most recent paper (I know the topic is guns which is a hot topic please do not comment on the political issues of them I am only interested in helping his writing improve), it is an opinion paper and this is what he wrote, :
TOPIC: When is it right to defend your liberty with guns?
I am going share the definition of liberty. There are many definitions for liberty but I am only going to name three of them. One of the definitions is to do what you want to do. The next definition is a state free with in society. The last definition I am going to share is freedom to not to be owned by another person.
I am going to share a situation when you might need guns. Let’s say that you were at home in your room and these people come in with knives. They threaten your family. They told them to get everything valuable and give it to them. That is when you notice a gun next to your bed you take it out saying, “Do not move or I will shoot” then they drop their knives and run out the door.
I believe that you can use guns to defend your liberty when somebody threatens to take your property, family, and house. It is also right to defend yourself with guns when an animal tries to kill you.
How do I help him from here? What is expected at this age? He went to public school last year and he was an "A" student on the honor roll so I am surprised that his papers aren't better, honestly.