For the first assignment, four students from the same class wrote about the wrong source. Two of them wrote about sources from medieval Europe, obviously for another class. All four received zeros on the assignment and an explanation why. I probably would have let them rewrite it, except that I knew I was going to let the grade for the second assignment take the place of the first assignment. Students who were happy with their grade wouldn't have to write the second assignment. Students who weren't happy had the chance to improve their grade.
Three of those students were extremely apologetic that they'd written on the wrong source and one of them had me read their rough draft, as I offer to do for all of my students. It's fine. I wasn't going to hold it against them and, honestly, they all started making more of an effort in class, so I was happy. Those three did well enough on the second assignment, too.
One of those four students, however, turned in their second assignment thirteen days late, despite my 3% per day late penalty. When I opened the file, I saw it was the exact same paper they turned in back in September. It was a paper about 14th century flagellants. How does that have anything to do with a modern U.S. history class???? Did they think I wouldn't remember? Did they think I would let it go this time? How on earth could they possibly think that after being told the very same paper was unacceptable, particularly in a modern U.S. history class, that I would change my mind and accept that same paper? THIRTEEN DAYS LATE.
I have one day of classes left and I am not sure I will survive.