I know I have lamented on this before, but really we need to bring back grammar instruction. I usually have the students write their answers in complete sentences for assignments and tests. They usually complain and of course, a few of them forget to write a complete sentence. Or at least in the past, I gave them the benefit of the doubt and assumed that they were forgetting. Now, however, I am not so sure. The other day one of my students tried to argue with me. This student kept insisting that all that was necessary to make a group of words a sentence was if there was a capital letter and a period. (Notice that they didn’t say punctuation, just that it needed a period). Now today the same thing happened with a few more of my students. At this point, I am seriously considering starting next year with a back to basics unit. Taking a couple of weeks to review a sentence, parts of speech, how to write a paragraph, and whatever else I decide that they still don’t know how to do even though it was taught at a much younger age.
So how about you? Do your students have problems with carry over and remembering how to do the basics?