Speaking of writing from a prompt about Of Mice and Men, here’s something J produced a few weeks ago in English class.
George feels mad about his siblings in charge. He lives in the house with the family. His house has 0 ceiling fans. He does something, eats food, goes to school, grows up, and rides a car. I am the only child and I live with my parents. My hose is small, 0 ceiling fans, no internet, and only 1 big gedroom, The kitchen is tiny, 1 burner, small oven, and a tiny refrigerator. I want to get a ceiling fan but my parents have no money. I also want a wii. There are no stores in my town and there is only 1 blackberry plant in my backyard. My grandparents send me food sometimes.What you see here is J’s minimal understanding (and misunderstanding) of the story, followed by his version of a “text-to-self” (personal) connection: a series of lies about his home life. If he’d been asked to start a sentence beginning “Although George,” who knows what he’d come up with.
On the other hand, if he’d been asked write a sentence about hydrogen and oxygen that began with although, he’d have demonstrated full mastery of the meaning and usage this not particularly esoteric element of the English language.