I am in need of help. At my high school, writing skills are not at the forefront of our English department...never have been...probably never will be. The focus has been heavy on literature. Not saying that is bad; I love literature. But, many of these kids say they are going to college. Their writing skills are awful. Many of them say they do not know what a thesis statement is. These are juniors in high school. They should be well on their way to writing, but they are not. I feel overwhelmed because I do not even know where to start. Could my fellow teachers give me some advice.