Phyllis in MD Posted March 2, 2008 Share Posted March 2, 2008 My 13 y.o. son recently asked me to help him with the essay he wrote for a writing class he's taking at a homeschool co-op. (They are using an excellent curriculum, "The Elegant Essay" from IEW, btw.) Even though he said he had already proof-read it, he apparently still can't recognize a sentence fragment or run-on sentence when he sees one. And, believe me, there are plenty of incomplete sentences in his paper--you'd think he would have caught at least a few of them! He has some run-on sentences tha trun on and on and on. They should be broken into 4 or 5 different sentences. I've homeschooled him for 6 years, trying to implement good classical education writing programs as well as traditional ones. I"ve used Classical Writing, Excellence in Writing, dictation, copywork, etc. I have no idea if this is a huge "red flag" that he is not ready for highschool (he wants to go to the local public school next year), or is this common among 8th graders (especially boys.) One of the disadvantages to homeschooling is that we don't get a good perspective on what is normal for this age. So, I hoping that you all can help give us some perspective on what is typical and normal " complete sentence" writing ability for children (especially boys) at this age. Thanks so much in advance. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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