Hi, this post is in regards to an issue I discussed during a meeting today w/ a parent. I have observed many students in class complaining and/or outright refusing to continue their work on their Ancient Egypt rough drafts simply because they typed the essay and either either don’t bring a copy w/ them or we don’t have access to the computers for them to work on it further.
The only solution to this is to have students hand-write their rough drafts so I can edit them and see the corrections they are making over time. Only the FINAL COPIES of the report should be typed from now on.
Also, please advise students to stay as close as possible to the guidelines in the writing homework because constructing a well-written essay is a step by step process and yet I continue to have students disregard instructions in favor of what “they” want to do and the result are reports that are blatantly copied and pasted, made up, or simply so incoherent and without focus that it’s clear that they rushed to get something down on paper regardless of how poorly written it might be. These papers are a reflection of a child’s work ethic w/ their name at the top of the paper so they should be taking pride in their work, something I’m only seeing from a handful or boys and girls.
All I have said thus far in regards to this assignment was to first organize your thoughts and then work on a couple of the paragraphs. This is an assignment that is meant to evolve over the next few days into next week. Students need to focus closely on each paragraph one at a time making sure that the information is in a sensible order and that you explain your facts within each paragraph rather than simply list random information without any context. PLEASE USE THE RESOURCES that have been handed out in class! I gave each child notes as well as a three-page breakdown of how a paper might look as well as an organizer for the bibliography. If your child does not have this information with them, they might need guidance regarding organization and responsibility.
So far I’ve read about half of the reports and I’d say about 3 were actually written by students with the rest copied and pasted. One was so completely fabricated and made up that it was obvious the student did not take their work seriously. I guess they forgot that I’m a History teacher that knows his stuff :-).
This assignment and the following research paper are MAJOR GRADES. Please ensure that your child is doing as instructed via the Homework each night. Also, our children need support at home when it comes to their writing so I need help from you to ensure that students are NOT copying and pasting things from the Internet as I will give a ZERO to every child that does just that (meaning they’d likely fail the marking period in a flash). By simply following the instructions all of this could be avoided.
Sorry about the tone, it is simply the result of many students not taking the assignment seriously as well as support from home making sure that what each child writes is their OWN work and words and not those of the person they researched.
Any questions just let me know, thanks.