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Copy of Diary Writing KS2

Used across 5 lessons to teach children about diary writing

Stephen Sharma

on 12 January 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Diary Writing KS2

Howard Carter's Diary Entry.
What are the features?
Identify the features of a diary.
Planning your exciting task!!
A diary (or journal) is a book in which someone writes down their feelings, important events and experiences from their life.
Can you think of any examples of famous diaries?
Diary of a wimpy kid
Anne Frank
Adrian Mole

Even Winston Churchill kept a diary!

What about Howard Carter?
In pairs, read the diary extracts.

What do you think the main features of diaries are?

What do you notice about the how the diary is set out?

Can you write a checklist to help you write a diary?
- Shows which day the diary entry is about.
First person
- Writer is writing about themselves.
Past tense
- Writer writes about what has happened.
Personal tone/Informal language
- The reader can almost hear the writer speaking.
- Writer writes about their feelings, thoughts, hopes and fears.
Rhetorical question
- The writer asks questions about what is happening.
Different punctuation marks
- Used to emphasise the writer’s words.
- Used when a new time, place, person or topic is written about.

Start with 'Dear Diary'
Day by day
First person
Events and feelings are included
Time connectives
a scene.
Event by event
Set out like a series of letters
Started with 'Dear' something
Ending with 'love' or 'from' the writer
Mixture of events and feelings
Feelings explained in detail.
You are now going to brainstorm WOW words on your sugar paper! Use a different colour for each sense:
You've just entered the tomb of Tutenkhamun...

What did you
What could you
How did you
What could you
Wednesday: Planning your diary entry.
On Monday
After that
At last
In the end
At last
You will be writing a diary entry from the point of view of Howard Carter! Imagine you have just came home from the excavation site!

What did you see? How did that that make you feel? What could you hear? What could you smell?
Imagine walking down to the tomb for the first time! What are you thinking? What are you feeling? What can you sense?
What tense and person are you going to use?
How are you going to lay out your diary?
What will you tell the reader about?
How many events/days will you cover?
What emotions did you experience?
What time connectives will you use?

Which features did you find?
Who would go in first? Why?
Were you anxious?
What were people saying and
What did you find?
What will you do next?

This is fantastic information for your Diary!
What do you expect to find when you are writing a diary entry?

Tell your partners!

What's your checklist?
What features would we expect to find in a diary entry?
Which time connectives can you use?
Freeze frame!
In partners, you have to freeze frame 3 scenes:

1: The moment that the waterboy puts his foot on the step and Howard Carter realises what has been discovered.

2. The moment that Howard Carter takes his first step into the deep, ominous tunnel with the waterboy.

3. When Howard Carter finally steps in through the untouched doorway to the see the tomb of Tutenkhamun.
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