I recently received an email from a 5th grade student explaining why his homework hasn't been in on time. It was in response to my phone call home to mom. It was a total stream of consciousness reply - riddled with grammatical errors and lacking punctuation and capitalization. It was like he had written a text message or instant message to his friend. I appreciated the explanation and that he took time to try to explain and apologize, but I cannot get past the fact that he thought it was acceptable to communicate with an adult that way. Then today I was grading a comparative essay and saw "gunna" and "u" in two separate papers. This prompted me to add a netiquette lesson to my plans next week. Does anyone have any creative way to approach this? I don't really want to just give them a print out of a sloppy email and have them edit it. Any ideas?