Grr I checked my edline this morning and what to my surprise do I find you ask? Assignments snow day assignments why do teachers do that I will never understand so yeah. My question is my English ...
Corrine, since you emailed me for help on this, I am going to walk you through how best to approach this (for future purposes, beyond this assignment).
If you already know these preliminary steps, fine ... but this is the process I recommend for you.
#1. Read the question at least 3 times and focus on that.
[Many students, even some college undergraduate do not address the exact question or do the assignment exactly as is stated OR IMPLIED]
Here: teacher wants a "diary". That implies that she would like to see it in the form of daily entries (diary style).
Thus, I would do it with each day of vacation: Mon, Tue, Wen ....... etc.
She does not say how much to write, thus you can keep them short.
This gives you a chance to do whatever number of enteries as are the number of vacation days.
#2 She refers to the "mini blizzard". Don't know where you live, so don't know exactly what to make of that (for your area) but in each of your daily notes, try to make some mention of blizzard characteristics: snow, cold, dreary, windy, scary, immobilizing, cars skidding off road, no dog food and can't get to store, on and on.
Be creative. Tell about what happened each day (briefly) or what could not happen and why. One page would be good as a definitional page to address what "mini blizzard" means to you ... how is it less than blizzard, how much more to be upgraded to "blizzard" ... ponder difference between a "Severe Snow Storm" vs a "Mini Blizzard" ... what is the distinction and which is more descriptive of what YOU experienced and how YOU viewed it from your personal experiences with snow storms.
#3 Variety: Why don't you consider at least one entry of each of these (on one day): funny one; sad/scary one; realistic one; factual one about the amt of snow that day and what record etc is was for your area (use data). You might want to do a poem in one (and if you send it to me, I'll critique or help you). This will add variety and interest to your diary. It will make it stand out from the "hum-drum" diaries she will be seeing. It will convery to her that you took it seriously. It will show interest and creativity. All helpful.
#4 Getting Started: A common mistake on writing is to delay and ponder and think too much before GETTING STARTED. Remember: It really does not get started until you have "Words on paper (or screen)". So start asap with writing ANYTHING to get you going ... then you come back and rework and expand and make it good. I hope to see a start on this back soon.
Ok.... this should get you started. I am haphazzard about checking my yedda email but I'll try to keep an eye on it for today and tomorrow to see why you send back as your starting effort. I'll be out of town and not able to help anymore come Monday.
Good luck with getting started!
After reading Dave's answer ... one of your days could just focus on the "breaking of the snow blowers in the neighborhood" ... and all about them and their use (Dave style or your own style).
I am not certain on how to write it yet but yeah. I wrote a clarification of what I am looking for though soo yeah. Thanks :)
Also thanks for the tips they will definitely come in handy for the future as well as this assignment. I saved them to my computer lol.
Corrine, you are having something akin to "writers block" I think (more than not understanding what you need to do), right? Trouble getting started?
If so, just write up a one day diary entry that is about 2 paragraphs and send it to me or post it .... and from that, I will help you by reviewing it and either making suggestions or just making a suggested revision for you to see.
Once you get one day done and its decent, it should get much easier for you to go on to another day ...
Ok thanks :)