At the start of the school year, you will often be asked to write an assignment on what you did during your vacation. This essay will be the perfect opportunity to tell the story of your summer, while reflecting on your experiences. Choose an unforgettable moment of your summer and get to work!
Part 1 of 3: Choose a topic
Step 1. Take back the memories you have collected this summer
If you've brought back any vacation memories, whether it's photos, plane tickets, or a logbook, use them as your homework essay. As you look back over these memories, details of your summer will come to mind and your essay will be much easier to write.
These objects will also be good visual aids, if you are asked to present your assignment in front of the class
Step 2. List everything you did while on vacation
When you need to write an assignment about your summer, start by listing everything you've done. With this list, it will be very easy for you to remember the details of each event or each moment. Start at the start of summer and think back to everything you've done.
Your list could include your babysitting evenings, your summer camp stay, your summer job in a store, a family trip, etc. Thinking about everything you've been up to this summer, then all you have to do is choose the most important moments of your vacation
Step 3. Talk about a defining moment
It will be difficult for you to talk about everything you have been up to during the summer. Try to focus on just a moment. This won't have to be the most incredible or the liveliest moment, it just has to be important to you.
For example, if you went on a trip to Japan, think about a specific time during that trip. Maybe you climbed a mountain in the pouring rain. Speak of this moment in your homework, in great detail
Step 4. Plan your homework
Once you've decided when to talk about your assignment, write down all the details. Organize your ideas, putting them in the order they will appear in your assignment.
- For example, if you're talking about an afternoon at the beach, your plan might include the sandcastle contest you entered, the dolphins you saw swimming in the distance, and the ice cream you feasted on.
- Details could be the description of other sandcastles, how far away the dolphins were, and the scent of your ice cream.
- Your plan will simply be used to organize your ideas. You can write it by hand or on a computer.
Part 2 of 3: compose the assignment
Step 1. Focus on your emotions, interactions, and thoughts
Your essay shouldn't just be a summary of everything you've done. Think about how you felt when you did all of these things, who was there, or your thoughts at the time. Your homework will thus be much richer.
Instead of saying you worked at a pet store, ate a tuna sandwich, and walked home, be careful not to just talk about your actions. Talk about your favorite animals in the pet store, how the sandwich tasted, or the thoughts that raced in your head on the way home
Step 2. Explain your experiences with your 5 senses
Seek to bring up an image in the reader's mind. Instead of just saying what you've been through, use your 5 senses to make your assignment more interesting. Describe the taste of what you ate, the sounds heard or how things looked.
These sensory details will help your readers visualize the situation and delve into your adventures. Your experiences will appear much more realistic to them, although they were not present
Step 3. Describe the activities you did
Instead of vaguely describing what you did during the summer, add as much detail as possible. By being specific, your readers will visualize your story better and your reaction will be much more thrilling.
For example, instead of saying "I went to the beach this summer", say "I spent my summer swimming in the icy waters of the Normandy coast". The more details you provide, the more intrigued the reader will be
Step 4. Choose descriptive and precise adjectives
Choosing the right words to use will make your story even more alive. Avoid annoying adjectives like "good", "beautiful" and replace them with more specific terms.
Instead of saying “the burger was really delicious,” say “the burger was huge and chewy”
Step 5. Go over and correct your assignment
Once you think you have completed your assignment, put it aside for a while (a few hours or even a few days), before rereading it and making any necessary changes. Make sure the writing is fluid and the text makes sense. Proofread your text carefully, looking for any grammar or spelling errors.
- Don't rely on the spell checker alone. If the software spotted any errors, it could also miss some.
- If you want, have a parent or other adult review your assignment.
- By putting your homework aside for a while, you can reread it calmly later, with a fresh perspective.
Part 3 of 3: Structure your homework
Step 1. Start with a strong introduction
The introduction to your assignment should grab the reader's attention, while giving them a general idea of what's next. In the introduction, fix the place and time of the events you will be talking about, in order to situate the reader.
Step 2. Tell the timing in the body of the assignment
The body of the assignment paragraphs, whether you write one, two, or three, will be used to tell the story of your chosen summer time. This will be the time to go into detail and explain what you have been through, so that the reader can visualize your summer adventures.
Step 3. Write the conclusion
In your conclusion, explain the meaning of the moment that you have chosen to relate. The conclusion will serve to complete your essay and give it depth. You will explain why you chose to talk about this particular moment or what you learned from that experience.