I'm a first year teacher, and I battled teaching and grading 9th grade research papers for the first time. I handed them back today...and let's just say, I had many negative responses. First of all, I had about 8 kids that turned in papers without a Works Cited page or without citations. I handed these papers back and said "You have a weekend to fix it" (it was a Friday). I told them they'd get the one day late penalty (which is minus 40 points for a 200 point paper). I really shouldn't have given them second chances at all, but it was more important that they learned the PROCESS. I wanted to make them DO the work, rather than just giving them zeroes. I had one student who made a big deal when I gave him his paper back (after it didn't have a Works Cited page). He said it was my fault because I supposedly never returned his Works Cited page back to him. I know this isn't the case, but this is what he claims. I told him, even if that WAS the case, it doesn't matter. He should have known to include it at the end of the paper, just like the majority of the kids did. He turned it in the next day with the Works Cited; so I was happy. That is until today. I handed the papers back at the end of class, and as SOON as the bell rang he started running his mouth saying that it was BS that he lost 40 points, blah blah blah. First of all, his paper wasn't well written to begin with, and it didn't follow the assignment at all. He would have failed anyway. Second of all, he knew AHEAD of time that I was taking the 40 points off. I asked him to come talk to me, and that if he wanted to talk about his paper to talk to me and not to his friends. Since it was the last period of the day, he threw a fit and said he couldn't talk to me because he was going to be late for the bus. He was very rude and was screaming at me saying it was ALL MY FAULT. I told him he had no right to disrespect me like that. He crumbled up the rubric and threw it in the hallway on the way out. I tried calling his mother after school, but I could not get ahold of her. I'll try again tomorrow. I also had a girl that hadn't even turned the paper in at all, and finally tried to turn it in today. It was due three weeks ago, and I told them from the beginning that I wasn't going to accept papers after 3 days after the due date. She was crying and was less than happy with me too when I refused to accept it. Basically...I need ADVICE. I need to know how to handle these types of situations (students and parents--I have a feeling I'll be hearing from the parents too). Suggestions???