Nakia Posted October 5, 2012 Share Posted October 5, 2012 I think we *might* have a dilemma with this last week of WWS. It's a 1000 word essay on any topic the student chooses. Anna chose a great topic (Hatshepsut) that goes along with our history studies. We have a tiny library, but she was able to find the correct number of sources, even if they aren't great. She chose the biographical sketch, description of a place (Hatshepsut's temple), and a character description. She is working very hard! This is supposed to be independent, but I briefly looked over her notes, and they look good. In the past Anna has had a problem getting enough notes to write her papers, but I think she's got it this time. The problem is that I just don't know if she's going to make it to 1000 words. I don't have any way of knowing that right now, and I don't want to say, "Oh, don't worry about getting to 1000; just work hard" because she will want to know exactly how many she does need to write and will drive herself (and me) crazy getting it perfect, kwim? But 1000 words is A LOT! The longest paper she's done so far was a 450 word essay on Marie Antoinette, but the WWS book provided the sources. If Anna is working hard, following instructions, and doing her best, should I push her to get to 1000? Like I said, this is supposed to be independent, so I'm not hovering. This child is a perfectionist, very literal, and tends to feel "hopeless" if she gets overwhelmed. I don't want her to add a bunch of mumbo-jumbo just to get to 1000 words, and knowing her, she will. What would you do? This might be a non-issue, but we'll see. She's writing the paper together right now. I think it will take her several days to write it. BTW, this is my kid who was a reluctant writer. Her progress over the last year has been amazing! Two years ago, in 5th grade, if I asked her to write a paragraph she cried. I can't believe how far she's come!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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