I am always unsure when to use its or it's. The current challenge lies in the following sentence:
"Immigration to the United States had left the family in a poor shape and its trial and error method to assimilate was unsuccessful in providing a structure necessary for schooling."
Your help is appreciated.
Yes, you're right. "It's" is always a contraction. "Its" isn't. "Its" is the possessive.
Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.