For the past few years, I've noticed that students really are not good writers. Grammar is getting worser every year. I'm grading their essays (comparison of classical civilizations) and just came across this line, "China that was strong and powerful was able to surpass India cause it got tons of trade resources." And, "However it wasn't until the Mauryan empire that India really began to become a superpower and was truley a world civilization that wasn't as powerful as China but was able to make tons and tons of cotton so therefore it was powerful." ....I'm thinking of making bi-weekly "Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling" review packets and assigning them for over weekends. I'm really getting disgusted with the quality of writing. I taught them how to quote properly in October and I'm still getting kids who forget that punctuation goes before the quotation ("Before.") and forget that they have to add an ellipses (...) if they want to eliminate something from a quote. I keep reviewing it because I'm assigning a research paper that uses MLA citation and want them to practice now; however, it's getting really irritating to keep spending class time reviewing something they should already know! Any thoughts on teaching typically English subject matter in Social Studies? I'm going to have to be very careful not to teach them the wrong stuff, I don't want the ENG Dept to get angry!!