Holy cow, I wrote a book!
I was out of town for the grading of the seventh grade essays,
so I pitched in with the sixth grade essays instead.
The students were asked to think of an adult and describe
the qualities that make that person an adult.
This topic was not very well received by the students,
who deemed it uncreative and boring.
While I understand their lack of enthusiasm,
it's also true that for most of your life,
you're going to have to write on topics that are uncreative and boring
the stakes are going to be higher),
so you'd better get good at it.
The difference in writing skill between sixth and seventh graders
(between eleven year olds and twelve year olds)
is quite noticeable.
Many of sixth graders could not get past the literal definition of
the word adult,
describing the qualities that make an adult purely in terms of
Age, height, strength, puberty, armpit hair.
Many others focused on accomplishments or privileges
that distinguish adults from children:
Advanced education, having a job, knowing how to drive a car,
and being able to stay up late without getting yelled at.
Remember, these are just the funny sentences/excerpts.
Do not assume that all students write like this.
The assignment is given under standardized test conditions:
90 minutes with nothing but pencil and paper,
with one additional hour available upon request.
The easy life
Check your fun at the door
Let me tell you about my parents
I've included more context; that may make the game a bit easier.
Other remarks on student writing:
And that's why I read student essays.