These writing assignments are graded by the computer system and my sister's other daughters soon discovered that the bigger the words that they used the better the score. Because of that my sister feels that these writing tasks are somewhat ridiculous and a waste of time. Her daughter however, was inconsolable after receiving a 17 on her latest test.
My sister kept trying to tell her daughter that it wasn't a big deal, until finally she told her to go do her other homework and she would re-do the writing test for her.
My sister finished doing her daughters test and received her score.
She got a 12.
On the bright side, she may have discovered the best way to get kids to stop asking for help on their homework.