My oldest (11.5) is working through WWS. She is a good little writer who has written many summaries/papers on topics of her choice. All of a sudden WWS is producing tears. I don't believe it's because the work is hard. I believe it's because the topoi assigns the topic and she finds them rather boring or she feels constricted by the assignment (include 6-8 plays, date some of them, read this essay for more background information, etc). She wants to free-write, which is not an option ATM. I feel like it's time for her to grow with her writing, especially since she's expressed interest in becoming a writer. She writes little stories and creative pieces regularly. The expository focus in WWS is killing it for her, I think. HOWEVER, I think it's important for her to learn expository writing and to give some more direction to her assignments. And I think there is something to be said about pushing through a program and growth through hard things.
The only time we have moaning is during topoi assignments. Today it was on lesson 20 where the student is supposed to write on Shakespeare. She did the chronological narrative piece fine. She decided which style she'd follow. But then she got upset because she was just listing plays and I pointed out that just a list of comedies does not a paragraph make and it's rather boring to boot. Come to find out, she didn't read the corresponding essay giving information about the plays. And I even read through the instructions with her.
So I think she just wants to be lazy. Or not work. I asked her if it was too hard. She said no. I asked her why she was falling apart about it. She said it was because it was boring and she didn't want to write about it; she wants to pick her topic. I told her that she doesn't always get to pick the topic and she needs to learn to write more than fiction stories.
So... Am I being too picky here? Should I let her do the easy W&R? Should I have her stick with WWS? She is on week 20, which is basically halfway through. (And it didn't get suddenly difficult. She just feels drudgery with the topics, I think.)