IF YOU ARE ILL...
Get well. Seriously: Focus your energy on getting better. If you're feeling up for it, you can do quests and submit them electronically, or see the links on the ABOUT page to do regular adventuring online.
If you will be out for more than a week, but are able to write, you can also consider doing the journaling option below. It might be a good choice if you are hospitalized; you can write about the experience.
IF YOU ARE GOING ON VACATION...
...and will be missing school for more than a couple of days, please keep a journal, following these directions:
- Aim to write daily, a minimum of 100 words per day. Shoot for 200 words in each entry.
- You may do this electronically (using Google Docs or a word processor) or by writing on lined paper.
- Please do not use your wombo (classroom composition book). Instead, please use separate paper or get a comp book just for this journaling assignment.
- At the end of each day, think back about all that happened in the past 24 hours and choose the most interesting 15 minutes.
- Write ONLY about that most interesting 15 minutes. If possible, try to pare it down further, to the most interesting 5 minutes or less. DO NOT write about everything that happened during the day.
- It's okay to try writing poetically or to try to reconstruct conversations as closely as you can remember them. It is also okay to fill in details that you don't remember with educated guesses.
- Remember to double space your work and to paragraph properly.
- On the last day of your vacation, instead of writing about the most interesting moment of the day, choose your one favorite entry--the one you think is best written--and work it up into a Best-Shot Draft (improving it, editing and proofreading as needed, and making it look its best). Make sure you type or write neatly in ink, and that you eliminate every error you can.