(Ok, this is long but I really need the help!) This is my 2nd year teaching. Last year and this year, my grade partner and I did a "Language Arts Activities Packet" This was an assignment based on each child's spelling words, grammar skills, and the story they are reading in their LA textbook. The assignment is given out on a Monday and usually due Friday of the next week. There are many activities for the children to choose from. They rang from 5 pts (put the words in ABC order, scramble the words, make a word search) to 15 points (write a story using all of your spelling words). If they complete 60 points neatly, they receive an A. 50 pts is a B and so on. At back to school night each parent was given a copy of the assignment as a SAMPLE. I stressed sample because it is modified for those students who are classified. Anyway, since I sent home the new assignment with the spelling words, parents are nonstop complaining. I recently got a viscious letter telling me this is "busy work" not a justifiable homework assignment, asking me why I modify for her child, that I am expecting her child to write paragraphs in 3rd grade, (they wrote paragraphs in 2nd grade), that I am expecting too much, how come they can't just memorize words, and a few other choice remarks. You can tell it was written in a harsh tone and really took me off guard. I'm scheduled to meet with this parent on Wednesday. FUN. So, I want to know if any of you do a homework assignment similiar to this. Do you receive problems from parents about it? What do I do about parents who badger me constantly about the assignment. I am at my wit's end! If any of you do assign a project like this, can you suggest some other activities to add to it? Or can you share how your point system works? This is a short version of how mine works. You have to complete 60 points worth of activities to get an A. I put more than 60 points worth of the activities on the sheet so the children can pick and choose what they want to do. I even sent home a letter suggesting that parents purchase a calendar so that the children can plan when to do each assignment. 5 pts-Put words in ABC order. 5 pts- Create a word search (teacher has special paper) 5 pts- Scramble your words and have someone unscramble them (teacher has special paper) 5 pts- Find and cut out your spelling words from different magazines. Create a collage. 10 pts- Pick 5 of your spelling words. Write an acrostic poem for each. The poem must define the word. (They did these poems in 2nd grade and we wrote 2 together this year) 10 pts- Pick 10 of your words. Write a definition for each. Illustrate your definitions. 10 pts- Choose 10 of your words. Write 2 statements, 2 commands, 2 questions, and 2 exclamations. Use one spelling word in each of your sentences. (This is the grammar skill we are currently working on). 10 pts- Choose 15 of your spelling words. Write one sentence for each word. With a ruler underline the subject in one color, and the predicate in a different color. (Another grammar skill we are working on) 15 pts- Write a short story using at least 15 of your spelling words. 15 pts- Since we have read a story about a magical island, create a brochure about adveritising your own private island. Write 2 paragraphs explaining why someone would want to visit your island. Use at least 15 of your spelling words. Thanks for your help. I'm so stressed right now, so I hope this post made sense!