I worked with my 5th grader on writing about a nonfiction topic last week. He really protested and it became a battle of the wills. Then his attitude shifted, suddenly it got smooth he proudly showed me his writing (the third draft) which blew me away.
I had a moment of satisfaction that all would turn out geat for him due to homeschooling under my guidance.
Then I got suspicious and checked the source document. He'd committed plagarism despite us having discussed this in the past.
My son tried to convince me that because he didn't publish it to the public he did not really commit a crime (or do anything unethical). He apparently misunderstood our (months ago) talk about plagarism.
I had to explain plagarism again and how it is not allowed in middle school or high school and it could get one kicked out of college.
Then he made a case for seeking careers that did not (he thought) require writing such as being an attorney, and saying therefore that he had no need to learn to write well. I broke the bad news that lawyers do a lot of writing and have to read and interpret legal terms which are mumbo jumbo to laypeople.
He then shifted to say his main career choice is to enter the military and he feels all he needs to do is learn to shoot a gun, not write. I just shut up about that as with him anything I try to dissuade him from thinking about becomes the new obsession and the new goal. He's been talking about joining the military since age three or maybe two. He wants to pilot aircraft and to shoot guns in battles. We'll see what happens when he's older. But for now, he needs to practice writing composition more. Period, end of story.
(I note this is typical behavior for logic stage kids.)