battlemaiden Posted June 12, 2009 Share Posted June 12, 2009 My 13 yo son just finished his rough draft on a 6 page report on the settlement of Texas. It was his first "real" report and he was excited. Ever since this particular child was able to write a topic sentence he has felt the need to include a "hook" or draw. It has always rather annoyed me, but I tend to be very strait forward about school stuff, so I'm not sure it would annoy everybody. So here is the beginning paragraph of his latest report: "As you can see, the title of this report is 'The Settlement of Texas.' It is a very good story, full of indians, cowboys, Spanish explorers, lost treasure, and more interesting facts. Now that I got your attention, I would like to explain the rules. There will be no flash photography, please turn off your cell phone, and questions will be answered if you raise your hand. And now, our feature presentation." This sort of writing drives me crazy. He thinks it is creative and funny, and he isn't the most willing writer, so I struggle with squashing his efforts. I have no problem red marking any grammatical or spelling error, but it is on this silliness that I stumble. How would you handle it? Do you agree that it is silly? Keep in mind it is his first real report. But honestly, he does this sort of thing occassionally in his journal entries and narrations. Thanks for your help. Jo Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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