I was in desperate need of a nap yesterday, so after the kids were done with their lunches, I gave orders for the school kids to watch two short DVDs from the library (bios of Thomas Edison and George Washington Carver) and then write a paragraph about what they learned about one of the men. Here is Arden's unedited paragraph, which makes me giggle as much as it shows me what we need to work on!
"thomas edison was a very great inventer. He invented many machines like movies iron ore sorter etc. He also had a not so big problem, a hearing problem. As I say a not so big problem, it was'nt a problem at all. he couldn't hear but that made him concentrate. also He hired george carver, a black man. both of them were great inventors, one made food and one made machines."
[I know Arden knows basic capitalization rules...since he printed his assignment, I think his lack of correct capitalization reflects more on his handwriting habits than anything, but there it is!]