Sunday, November 6, 2011
History Mystery..the end is near!
All students should have completed their research by now. We will spend this next week writing our mystery stories. We have done prewriting activities to help organize the stories. It is very possible that your child may end up bringing home their rough draft to type or rewrite into a final copy. It is very tempting for parents to make corrections, but please refrain from this. Allow your child to type or write his/her own story. Should you type your child's story, it is okay only if you type the rough draft exactly. Show them how to use the spell check and allow them to do this and make other corrections on their own. If you want to give your child some "creative guidance," try asking them questions to guide them to a conclusion. In the end, it is important that they turn in their own work, even if it isn't up to parental standards. Guide them to do their very best work, but it needs to be truly theirs. When parents help too much, it sends a message to the child that they aren't capable and enables perfectionism, which is a big issue for gifted kids.