I teach fourth grade in a low income area of my city. The students turn in their homework, but the writing assignments are always done poorly. For example, my students had to write a book report and the summary section was at the most five sentences long. There were misspelled words, incomplete sentences, lack of punctuation and capitalization. The book reports were almost impossible to understand. I've tried making them do the assignments over and they either come back just as poorly or they don't come back at all. Today I gave the kids a huge lecture about their work and they all seemed very upset. I don't want them to feel like bad kids, but I'm going to be sending out mid-term report cards that show a lot of D's and F's. Does anyone have any suggestions to share that helped improve the quality of work in writing? I'd appreciate any help.