My SD is in 8th grade but taking an English 1 honors class. She is not a very good writer but I am concerned and am considering asking for a conference with her English teacher. I will also add that I am a teacher. I have a master's degree in education but I teach elementary so high school English classes are a little out of my experience level.
I have already emailed this teacher previously because my SD's average in English was not where we expect it and I was asking for her to assist her because it was clear that SD didn't know how to write a high school level paper. She just has never been taught how to do a formal argumentative essay. The teacher informs me that she was just using it to help her figure out what she needed to teach. This seemed strange to me as that kind of an assessment shouldn't have been graded if she hadn't done any instruction yet. When I asked her about it she confirmed my concern but gave an excuse as to why she chose to put it in the grade book anyway. She then asked my SD if I was a teacher the next day.
So, SD has a research paper she has been working on. I had to approve of the topic the last week of September. Well, apparently the final copy is due Tuesday and SD has been working on it. I tried to get her to work on it on Thursday but she said she would do it today (a whole other issue). Today she hands me the paper and it is awful. It is scattered, doesn't have complete sentences, it has bits and pieces of information but is missing chunks that would actually help it make sense. I asked her for all of her research and her rough draft. She hands me two pages of random information fromt he 1 website they are supposedly allowed to use, and an outline. All that is on the outline is checks in black pen (obviously from the teacher), no other marks. I ask SD if that is all that she is supposed to use to help write her final copy and she said yes. I am just dumbfounded. Is this common? Is it common for kids to not have a rough draft and be expected to write an entire final copy of a paper based on an outline with no notes from the teacher on how to make it better? I am just at a loss and want to call a conference with the teacher to make sure if I am understanding all of this but need to know if this is common practice now.