One of my standard exam questions in Hamster Systematics 101 asks for the scientific names of hamsters and humans.
The Little Dears have seen the human genus and species on the board many times, usually with a reminder that these names are likely to be on a test. I say "jokingly" (but not really) that as college students, they should be able to spell their names.
Do try this at home, kids! I'll check back with you after a short break.
Welcome back. Did you write Homo sapiens? Good. I knew you could.
Most of my students get this wrong. So far in my current batch of exams, I have seen eight different misspellings (not counting a lack of underlining, which I gave up on long ago). More than a few students misspell it multiple ways in the same essay. But at least they know it phonetically. Many don't; their responses include:
and my all-time favorite: