Incomplete Homework Notice Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Letting students or families know about missing or incomplete homework in a systematic way can really help with accountability and responsibility. This lesson offers a template for an incomplete homework notice that you can use with your students.

The Purpose of the Incomplete Homework Notice

When you assign homework, you are doing so for a reason. Sometimes, homework helps students practice skills or apply knowledge they have developed in class. At other times, you might assign homework as a way of helping students prepare for what you will be doing in class the next day. Whatever your specific reason may be, when students do not complete their homework, they do themselves a disservice. They can disrupt their own learning as well as the learning experience of other students. Therefore, it is really important that students face consequences for incomplete homework.

One way to implement consequences is through an incomplete homework notice. Incomplete homework notices inform students and families about missing assignments. This will help students get themselves more organized, moving toward independence and responsibility. It will also keep families informed so that they are not caught off guard when report card time rolls around!

The incomplete homework notice you use will depend on the subject matter and age group you teach, as well as what you are hoping to achieve by using these notices. The example provided here will give you a starting point for creating incomplete homework notices. The template includes the component parts of an incomplete homework notice, explanations for why each part is important, and examples of how they might look.

Homework Notice Template


An incomplete homework notice should have a clear heading so that readers can easily understand what it is and why they are receiving it. For example:

Missing Homework Notice

Incomplete Homework Notice


It is important to write the date at the top of the incomplete homework notice so that all parties will understand exactly when the notice is being sent.

Brief Explanation

Your incomplete homework notice should not include too much text so that its urgency is understood. At the same time, you should be clear with all recipients about what the notice is and why the child is receiving it. The explanation you provide will ensure that all recipients are getting a consistent and uniform message about the importance of completing homework assignments.

An example of an explanation follows:

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