The assignment I gave: Write a five-paragraph argumentative essay taking a stance on one of the following: Year-long School, Homework, Sleep and Learning, or Social Media and Education. Use the research already available in the classroom to support your thesis and counter and arguments that attempt to refute it. Turn in your essay with parenthetical citations and an ELA style Works Cited Page attached. The assignment I received: A two-paragraph opinion piece against abortion, with no research but plenty of graphic description of the procedure. My biggest problem with getting students to follow directions is that I am mostly asynchronous, so my students may never listen to the lectures and discussion where I explain the assignments. The directions are clearly listed in my online classroom and a checklist is available for students to self-monitor their work. I had to send back that incorrect assignment with an F, call and leave a message on voice mail, and email. Any suggestions for getting the point across the first time?