Simple Sentence or not

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?

The End is near

The end of the school year is so near I can almost reach out and touch it.  Just one more day after today with students and then one day to work in our rooms and attend meetings.  Even without looking at the calendars one could tell that it is the end of the year.  So many students coming in, wanting to know what they can get done, is there any extra credit that they can do to get a passing grade or a better grade?  Even better, the laptops are getting turned in so some of the  students do not have the ability to get partial assignments and complete them.

I look forward to the year that students all turn their work in on time and care about their grades the entire year instead of the last two days.