Hairwoman is inspired by the dramatic excuses kids give for how they lose their homework. So, for the next essay, she gives them a fictional topic: "The Best Late Homework Excuse Ever" (41.3)…and everybody has their homework ready on time.
But now Hairwoman can't stop. She assigns essay after essay. The topics are cool, sure, but it's just too much.
Now Hairwoman is even trying to slip grammar into the lessons. Melinda finds grammar hideous.
Hairwoman needs to go on vacation, so that the kids can have a break from all this work and all these words.