It seems as if students are losing sight of originality in writing pieces, however, there are still some kids who still have that originality to their work. In fact, I have a friend who writes short stories for fun. I read one once and it was actually very good (way better than anything we read in English class). Throughout the story, she had symbolism and imagery just like some of the great short story writers like Ernest Hemingway. But with many kids nowadays, they are just becoming lazier and lazier. All the information is at a click of a button with the internet and then it is as easy as another click to copy and paste. For the most part, I don’t think it is that students cannot write something original, it is that they don’t want to or don’t feel like it and copy/paste is the easy way to go.
Students’ narrative skills continue to grow in these grades. The Standards require that students be able to incorporate narrative elements effectively into arguments and informative/explanatory texts. In history/social studies, students must be able to incorporate narrative accounts into their analyses of individuals or events of historical import. In science and technical subjects, students must be able to write precise enough descriptions of the step-by-step procedures they use in their investigations or technical work that others can replicate them and (possibly) reach the same results.