How many writings are your students required to do? At our school 2nd grade has to do 4 each nine weeks, descriptive, friendly letter, expository and narrative. It is like pulling teeth b/c they only do two writings the whole year when they are in first grade and they are very much teacher guided. So when they get to 2nd they are clueless.We have to turn ours in to the P who grades them with a fine tooth comb and is very critical and expects them to be perfect. All the 2nd grade teachers at my school think this it is too much! Of course we want the kids to write, but turning in every single one to be torn apart by the P? The kids get frustrated by this process and it seems like it is teaching them to hate writing. anyways I am all for free writing and journal writing but we never get to do this b/c of the other writings. The school only started having the teachers turn in the writings a few years ago, and the teachers I have talked to at other schools in my area dont have to do this....do you??