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    Your child proudly hands you his or her latest piece of writing. Maybe it's a short, choppy paragraph about his obsession, Minecraft. Maybe it's her rambling horse essay that plods on and on and on. Or maybe it's a poignant, well-thought out anecdote about a recent swimming meet, but it's filled with spelling and punctuation errors.

    After you smile and say, "Good job, sweetie! Thanks for sharing that with me," you ask yourself: How do I grade this? Should I even grade it at all?

    The truth is, whether or not to grade your student's writing depends on a number of factors. But, before we look at times when grading might be appropriate, let's expel some common myths:

    MYTH #1 - Correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar equal good writing

    Writing is about the Mind Life. Punctuation, spelling, and grammar are the mechanics of writing and cannot lead to quality writing no matter how well they are mastered. No one ever finished a novel and said, "The comma placement was exquisite. The use of periods moved me. The utter care to spell every word correctly changed my life."

    Mechanics support the ability to convey the mind life in writing which is why we work on them. However, if someone amputated my hands and gouged out my eyes,

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    So, in honor of World Cat Day(8-8-2014), I decided to ask the age old question of whether you are a cat person or a dog person or both or neither or ?LOL

    Our house is a house divided.

    My oldest son is a DOG person ALL THE WAY. He really isn't interested in other critters, he will look at them, etc. but wants nothing but a dog for a pet. Though he has taken an interest in the new kitten and picks her up for a cuddle every so often. Though her personality would win over the most die-hard dog fan!LOL

    My younger son prefers cats! Always has, though he is an animal lover PERIOD and would gladly accept any critter we wanted to bring home.

    Myself and my husband, we love animals. I rescue and drag home anything that needs assistance and he has become just about as bad.

    Now, I think if I had to make a choice and have just 1 pet due to finances or housing..... 1st that would be HARD but I would choose a cat. Love cats, always have had 1 or 2. They are mostly self-sufficient and can care for themselves with little help from us. No need to walk them, etc. But are also good for a quick cuddle.

    So, what is everyone in your house? Cat person or dog person?
    Click here to tell us! ...

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