The party's over, kids: You've been assigned homework All city students must write essays about the blizzard

January 09, 1996|By Jean Thompson | Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF

Because the blizzard has closed schools for a second day today and potentially longer, the Baltimore school system assigned extra-credit homework yesterday for all students.

School officials call it "Assignment: Snowstorm."

The homework is designed to give students at all grade levels additional practice to improve their writing skills.

Students are expected to complete the assignment by the time classes resume, said schools spokesman Nat Harrington.

Elementary students should submit their essays to their classroom teachers at that time. Middle school and high school students are asked to turn in essays to a writing teacher or English teacher.

"The credit they receive will be based upon the quality of their answers, and quality is based in part on the thoroughness of the answer," Mr. Harrington said.

Here is the assignment:

TOPIC: SNOW SAFETY

"Baltimore is trying to recover from a major snowstorm.

"Governor Parris N. Glendening and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke have asked citizens to avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

"Write a paragraph or more explaining to your neighbors why they should follow this request.

"Before you begin to write, think about the ways the snowstorm has affected your neighborhood.

"Think about how staying off the roads will make it easier for snow plows to clear the roads. Think about workers such as police, firefighters and ambulance drivers, who must be able to do their jobs in spite of the bad weather.

"Now write a paragraph or more explaining to your neighbors why they should not drive until this emergency situation no longer exists."

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