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A question for those of you who feel confident in giving writing assignments:


How much time should I allow for my 7th grade son to complete a five paragraph report. Last year, I gave him 5 days:

day 1- decide on topic sentences and gather resources

day 2- write key word outline (we use IEW method)

day 3- rough draft

day 4- write intro/conclusion

day 5- edit and turn in final copy for grading


This seems like a long time, since it only ends up being one page or less of writing by the time all is said and done. What is a reasonable expectation for middle school?


Thanks in advance for your help,



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