The 10 Best Homework Excuses
1. I got my backpack stolen: use rampant crime among high school students to your advantage. No teacher in his right mind would expect you to turn in that big assignment if it got stolen the very day it was due. Although most teachers won't follow through, filing a missing backpack report might not be a bad idea.
2. My mom and dad got in a huge fight last night and the cops came and I couldn't concentrate on the assignment: Domestic violence isn't something to lie about...unless it's done to save your grade. This excuse works on so many levels: (1) Your teacher will never bring this up to your parents; and (2) you will garner sympathy for the rest of the year. The only way this could go wrong is if your teacher reports this to your guidance counselor and your counselor contacts your parents. That's probably not going to happen.
3. I stayed at my dad's this weekend and left it there and my mom refuses to let me go back and get it: Teachers are suckers for dysfunctional family stories. This is an all time classic.
4. I left my binder in my mom's car and she's at work across town: This is a twist on the easy to see through "I left it at home" excuse. A teacher can reasonably expect someone from home to bring your homework, but not even the meanest teacher would expect your mom to leave work.
5. I was really sick yesterday and unable to do anything. The only reason I came is because I didn't want to miss any more work: Teachers will admire your perseverance and give you the extra day.
6. It's that "time of the month": If you're a boy, don't try this. This only works for females on male teachers.
7. Grandma died: Even if the teacher doubts the veracity of your grandma's death, he's not gonna call you out on it just in case it's true. There are obvious problems with this excuse, including the guilt you'll feel if your grandma does die that week.
8. My dog died and I was too upset to do my homework: This is rarely used, but effective, especially if your teacher has a dog. Only a heartless task master would not cut you a break over losing your best friend.
9. I had to take care of my baby sister who was up last night throwing up: Another underused classic. Be careful your teacher isn't an e-mailer or he just might e-mail your parents for an update on your baby sister who doesn't exist.
10. Tell the truth: This is a revolutionary excuse. Often if you just go to your teacher in the morning and tell him or her the truth, you'll get some additional time.
What's your favorite homework excuse?
I am a pretty honest person, so I am not going to encourage you to lie. To be real with you, I was a total nerd that turned in homework on time. However, I happen to have many friends that are totally dishonest and got away with it. Some excuses that always seemed to work for them include:
Death in the family (It is best not to make it a close family member since that is easy for a teacher to check on. A random cousin is best.)
Death of a pet (Goldie the Goldfish passing away the night before could be quite traumatic. That burial at sea took some preparation!)
Forced to babysit (This could be a sibling or a niece or nephew. The older you are, the more likely it is your own kid keeping you from getting stuff done.)
Illness (If you claim you were really sick, you are likely to get away with this. If you pretend you were in the hospital, that might seal the deal.)
Your homework fell in water (This only works if you have a stream, river, pond, or some other body of water near your school. It helps if it is a windy day.)
Band practice (Band, football, cheer leading, soccer, or any other practice that goes overtime is a good excuse, but only use it maybe once a semester or year. Unless you have a really nice teacher, eventually he or she will get tired of it and try to convince you that you are not able to participate in after school activities due to poor time management skills... beware!)
Homework overload (If you are genuinely overwhelmed by too much homework or just pretending to be overwhelmed, pick your nicest professor or teacher, and mention you may need an extension. Chances are, you will get more time to do your assignment, especially if you can show some of it is done.)
Computer explosion (Back in the day, people used to say, "My computer crashed." Honestly, I don't even know if anyone says that anymore, but a computer malfunction will still work if you are typing an essay.)
Missing flash drive (If you are using your computer for your homework, a missing flash drive is always a suitable excuse if you save all your assignments on it.)
WARNING: If you happen to have a professor, teacher, or boss that is really strict, it is not likely any of these excuses will work for you. Some teachers even ask for a death certificate or hospital paperwork to prove some of these excuses. Yeah, good luck with that.