I gave my Sophomores a single summary paragraph assignment of 10-12 sentences to complete over the course of eight days. We completed the rough draft in class, so this gave the students those eight days to either type up or write out a double spaced copy. Only 33% of the students (10/30) turned it in even though I reminded the students daily.
Aaaaargh! It doesn’t get any easier than that.
I looked up the students’ records and found that 12 of the students failed at least one semester of Freshman English last year, and another 8 had no higher than a D+ either semester.
Rough seas ahead!