TITLE: Spring Broken
GENRE: Middle Grade
Mrs. Hazel, it is not fair to give us homework over Spring Break! This is supposed to be a vacation. You want me to write in this journal and read a whole book too? I am going away for break. My whole family is going to Disney World for six days. Do you think I will have time to do homework? I will be screaming on Space Mountain and gliding through the jungle on a cruise boat. This is so not fair! I don’t think Mrs. Logan’s class had this assignment. By the way, with this sentence, I’ve written 102 words.
My mom burst into my room carrying a laundry basket. I slammed my notebook shut and shoved it under a stack of books on the desk.
“Maggie, have you even started packing yet?” She and I have a different timetable for everything. She makes lists and does things in order, checking them off as she goes. I get to things when I’m ready.
“I was finishing my homework. I have to write a minimum of a hundred words in my journal for each day of vacation.” I started digging around in my closet for my purple duffel bag.
“Why a hundred?” Mom asked.
“Mrs. Hazel said that a good paragraph averages about a hundred words.” I didn’t mention that she also said keeping a journal about our vacation as it happens will give richer detail to our writing than a “How I Spent My Vacation” essay written after we get back to school. “Why do we have to go to Grandma’s this week? It will be so boring. Why can’t we go with you and Daddy to the beach?”